Matisse: Metamorphoses at Kunsthaus Zürich

Zurich | 30 August–8 December

O ne of the most popular artists of the 20th century, celebrated for his colourful paintings and works on paper, Henri Matisse’s sculptural output is less recognised but by no means less impressive.

Atelier di Matisse nell’allora Hôtel Regina di Cimiez, presso Nizza, 1953. Archives Henri Matisse, Issy-les-Moulineaux © Succession Henri Matisse / 2019 ProLitteris, Zurich.

This exhibition will showcase the evolution of the artist’s sculpted bronze figures, as his early naturalistic forms evolved into their radical, abstracted iterations. In the instance of the bronze, Nu de dos reliefs, Matisse rigorously re-worked the motif through an extended ‘metamorphoses’ of 20 years.

Henri Matisse, Jeannette III, 1910/1911. Musée d‘Orsay, Parigi, deposito al Musée Matisse, Nizza, donazione della Signora Jean Matisse, 1978 Photograph by François Fernandez. © Succession Henri Matisse/ 2019 ProLitteris, Zurich.

The show will feature more than 70 works and aim to illuminate Mattise’s creative process by comparing transformations in the artist’s sculptural style with those evident in his paintings, cut-outs and drawings. The exhibition will also unite sculptures with their inspiration, including photographs of nude figures and African sculptures.

Henri Matisse, Nu couché III, 1929. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966. Photograph by Cathy Carver. © Succession Henri Matisse/2019 ProLitteris, Zurich.

Matisse: Metamorphoses opens at Kunsthaus Zürich on 30 August and runs until 8 December.

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