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