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Matisse: Life and Spirit – Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou, Paris

Installation view of 'Matisse: Life & Spirit Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou, Paris' exhibition, on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 20 November 2021 - 13 March 2022. Photo: AGNSW, Mim Stirling

BY TESSA PELLE

Electrifying colours and emotional power bring the paintings of French artist Henri Matisse to life. An exceptional collection of works from one of the world’s most groundbreaking and influential artists has landed in Sydney for the Art Gallery of NSW’s Matisse: Life and Spirit exhibition.

Comprising of paintings, drawings and sculptures, the exhibition showcases more than 100 works from the inventive artist in a special collaboration with France’s leading modern art museum, Centre Pompidou, musée national d’art moderne. From his fauvist adventures to tranquil chapel designs, the exhibition comprises masterworks spanning across six decades,including the artist’s glorious late ‘cut outs.’

Matisse: Life and Spirit highlights the most influential moments in Matisse’s career, with dedicated sections celebrating his significant voyage to Tahiti in the 1930s to a special presentation devoted to the artist’s Chapel of the Rosary in Vence, France. With an underlying theme of trauma, Matisse’s body of work is a testament to the tireless and anxious way he pursued self-renewal.

Not only does the exhibition program highlight his artistic triumphs, but AGNSW will also host a series of public programs including talks, tours, and workshops over the summerimmersing visitors into the world of Matisse.

As part of the Sydney International Art Series 2021-22, the program invites visitors into an open and embracing vision that encapsulates the vitality of Matisse’s artworks. This stunning and Sydney exclusive exhibition gives justice to the energy, light and emotion of Matisse.

Until Mar 13. Art Gallery Of NSW, Art Gallery Rd, Sydney. $16-$30+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au

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