Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs
17 April – 7 September 2014
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Admission: Adult £18 (without donation £16.30),
Concession £16 (without donation £14.50)
(10.00–18.00, Sunday – Thursday
Last admission and ticket sales to special exhibitions is at 17.15.
10.00–22.00, Friday – Saturday
Last admission and ticket sales to special exhibitions is at 21.15)
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Henri Matisse is a giant of modern art. This landmark show explores the final chapter in his career in which he began ‘carving into colour’ and his series of spectacular cut-outs was born.
The exhibition represents a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see so many of the artist’s works in one place and discover Matisse’s final artistic triumph.
In his late sixties, when ill health first prevented Matisse from painting, he began to cut into painted paper with scissors to make drafts for a number of commissions. In time, Matisse chose cut-outs over painting: he had invented a new medium.
From snowflowers to dancers, circus scenes and a famous snail, the exhibition showcases a dazzling array of 120 works made between 1936 and 1954. Bold, exuberant and often large in scale, the cut-outs have an engaging simplicity coupled with incredible creative sophistication.
The exhibition marks an historic moment, when treasures from around the world can be seen together. Tate’s The Snail 1953 is shown alongside its sister work Memory of Oceania 1953 and Large Composition with Masks 1953 at 10 metres long. A photograph of Matisse’s studio reveals that these works were initially conceived as a unified whole, and this is the first time they will have been together in over 50 years. Matisse’s famous series of Blue Nudes represent the artist’s renewed interest in the figure.
London is first to host, before the exhibition travels to New York at the Museum of Modern Art and after which the works return to galleries and private owners around the world.
For the first time ever, we are broadcasting live into cinemas around the country with an exclusive film about the exhibition. Matisse Live offers an intimate, behind-the-scenes view of the artist via beautiful footage of the works, interviews with his friends plus rare archive footage of Matisse at work.
''…This show should not be missed. It has never before been matched.
This is a feast of dazzling dreams: come to the carnival.''
”***** Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Times
''A sense of joyous celebration almost unmatched in the history of art. Unmissable''
******* The Spectator
Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs is curated by Nicholas Cullinan, Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Nicholas Serota, Director with Flavia Frigeri, Assistant Curator, Tate and at the Museum of Modern Art, New York by Jodi Hauptman, Curator, Department of Drawings, and Karl Buchberg, Senior Conservator, with Samantha Friedman, Assistant Curator.
Teachers' private view: Matisse Cut-Outs and Richard Hamilton
Monday 28 April 2014, 18.30 – 20.30
With Matisse in Tangier
20 and 27 April, 4 and 11 May 2014 15.00 – 16.00
Cinema event: Matisse Live from Tate Modern
Tuesday 3 June 2014 at cinemas throughout the UK, 19.15
Matisse Sunday lates
Sundays 27 April – 24 August 2014, 20.00 – 22.30
Out of Hours: Matisse Cut Outs
Monday 19 May 2014, 18.30 – 20.00
Talks and lectures
Curator's talk for Members: Matisse
Thursday 8 May 2014, 18.45 – 19.45
Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs guided exhibition tours
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays at 12.15, and Fridays at 18.15 between 13 May – 30 August 2014
On Matisse: Thomas Demand in conversation with Nicholas Serota
Monday 2 June 2014, 18.30 – 20.00
On Matisse: Bridget Riley in conversation
Saturday 21 June 2014, 14.00 – 15.30
Artist Talk: Anthea Hamilton
Monday 7 July 2014, 18.30 – 20.00
On Matisse: Talk by Hilary Spurling
Monday 21 July 2014, 18.30 – 20.00
Courses and workshops
Poetry and Serious Play: Matisse, Words and Paper
Mondays from 2 June – 7 July 2014
Cutting into colour
Monday 9 June , 18.45 – Monday 14 July 2014, 20.45