Matisse, like a novel exhibition at the Pompidou Centre, from 21st October 2020 – 22nd February 2021

The Pompidou Centre, a twenty-minute walk from our hotels, opens one of its most anticipated exhibitions of the year – Matisse, like a novel, celebrating 150 years since the painter’s birth and juxtaposing his works with certain writings about him.

Finally! Here’s the Matisse exhibition that everyone has been waiting for, featuring many important works, some of which haven’t been shown in France since 1970!

Divided into nine chapters, each part of the exhibition includes texts from an author who has written about Matisse – including Henri Matisse himself – giving a new perspective on the paintings, some of which are now over a hundred years old.

The titles and periods are:

— 1. Where to begin? 1895-1903
— 2. A bloc of light. 1904-1905
— 3. The dawn of art. 1906-1909
— 4. A deeper resemblance. 1910-1917
— 5. Not exactly relaxation. 1918-1929
— 6. Hand and arrow. 1930-1939
— 7. Maximum density. 1940-1948
— 8. The day of colour. 1948-1951
— 9. The giant image. 1951-1954

Exposition Matisse, comme un roman au Centre Pompidou du 21 octobre 2020 au 22 février 2021
© Succession H. Matisse. Photo © Ville de Grenoble / Musée de Grenoble – J.L. Lacroix

This chronological staging also shows the artist’s constant search for the new, from his early Impressionist paintings to the gouache cut-outs made at the end of his life.

In all, over a hundred Matisse works are on show – an unmissable opportunity!

Exposition Matisse, comme un roman au Centre Pompidou du 21 octobre 2020 au 22 février 2021
© Succession H. Matisse. Photo © Centre Pompidou, Mnam-Cci / Philippe Migeat

Linked with the exhibition, you may be interested in:

— a French audioguide with a short introduction to each theme (you can listen to it here)

— workshops for kids

— guided visits, one of which is in English (every Sunday at midday)…

A catalogue of the exhibition is also available (320 pages, 45€ here at amazon.fr).

Amazon link for the catalogue of the Matisse exhibition at the Pompidou Centre in Paris

The exhibition Matisse, like a novel is at the Pompidou Centre (here) from 21st October 2020 – 22nd February 2021

Open every day from 11am-8pm

Admission: 15€ / 12€

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