Matisse: Drawing Life Exhibition

Every day, Henri Matisse drew from life. And what he drew from his art was life itself.

‘Matisse: Drawing Life’ is the most comprehensive exhibition of Henri Matisse’s prints and drawings ever mounted. Presented in partnership with the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the exhibition includes more than 300 drawings, prints and illustrated books by one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists. Exploring the themes and subjects to which Matisse repeatedly turned throughout his long career, the exhibition provides insights into the artist’s daily drawing practice.

Curated exclusively for GOMA by Céline Chicha-Castex, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Prints, Bibliothèque nationale de France, and independent Paris-based curator Emilie Ovaere-Corthay, the exhibition brings together works from international, national and private collections to explore the extraordinary range and depth of Matisse’s engagement with the graphic mark. The exhibition has been designed by French artist Christophe Cuzin, who responds to Matisse’s palette.

To complement the exhibition, GOMA’s Long Gallery will feature The Drawing Room, an interactive large-scale drawing studio for visitors, inspired by Matisse and his working environments.

Fifth Anniversary Celebrations
This exhibition coincides with the fifth anniversary of the Gallery’s iconic second site, GoMA, which has become a national cultural hub for modern and contemporary art and ideas. This will be one of several exhibitions marking GoMA’s fifth anniversary at the end of 2011.

Film Program
4 December 2011 — 4 March 2012
The Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque presents a free weekly program of documentaries profiling the life and work of Henri Matisse. While Matisse’s engagement with cinema is limited, the repeating program includes a number of important films, archival fragments and biographical documentaries featuring footage of the artist working in his studio.

The program includes a number of important films, archival fragments and biographical documentaries featuring footage of the artist working in his studio. Included is a rare presentation of François Campaux’s documentary Henri Matisse 1946, showing the evolution of a series of charcoal drawings of Matisse’s grandson; and A Model for Matisse 2003, which presents the tender relationship between Matisse and the woman who would inspire him to create the masterpiece of his life’s work: the Chapel of the Rosary in the French Mediterranean village of Vence.

Matisse: Drawing Life Exhibition
Venue: GoMA

Dates:  03/12/11–04/03/12
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