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Friday, January 29, 2016


(Henri Matisse, Jazz. Paris, Tériade, 1947. Stencil prints. Pl. VIII. Icare. Donation Alice Tériade, 2000. Musée départemental Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis. © Succession H. Matisse. Photo Philip Bernard)

The Standard Bank Gallery will host an exhibition of works by the French modern master, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) from July 13 to September 17, 2016. 

Henri Matisse | Rhythm and Meaning will be the first wide-ranging exhibition of Matisse’s work to be held in South Africa, and the fourth exhibition of important 20th-century modernists to be held at the Standard Bank Gallery.  The Gallery previously hosted monographic exhibitions focusing on the work of Marc Chagall, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso.

The exhibition will include a number of paintings, drawings, collages and prints covering all the dominant themes in the artist’s body of work, from his early Fauvist years, through his interest in exoticism and orientalism, to the paper cut-outs that he produced in the last years of his life. 

The core work in the exhibition will be the full suite of 20 impressions for the prints in the artist’s book Jazz - some of the best known and most celebrated of the artist’s works. 

In collaboration with the Standard Bank, the Embassy of France in South Africa, the French Institute of South Africa, and the Musée Matisse in Le Cateau Cambrésis (France), the exhibition will be co-curated by Patrice Deparpe, Director of the Musée Matisse, and Prof Federico Freschi, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg. 

The works will be drawn primarily from the collection of the Musée Matisse – which was established by Matisse himself in 1952 – and will be augmented with works from private collectors, and the Johannesburg Art Gallery.  An extensive educational programme, aimed at primary and secondary school learners as well as the general art-loving public, will support the exhibition.

Henri Matisse | Rhythm and Meaning is also presented with the support of Air France, Total and Air Liquide.