Henri Matisse is a giant of modern art and in Exhibition: Matisse audiences are invited to enjoy an intimate, behind-the-scenes tour of the blockbuster Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition, which opened to international acclaim at London’s Tate Museum in April.
This landmark show explores the final chapter in Matisse’s life; in his late sixties, when ill-health first prevented him from painting, he began to cut into painted paper with scissors, ‘carving into colour’, to make drafts for a number of commissions. In time, Matisse chose cut-outs over painting; he had invented a new medium.
Bold, exuberant and often large in scale, the cut-outs have an engaging simplicity coupled with incredibly creative sophistication.
The film features interviews with experts including Tate director Nicholas Serota and friends and relatives of Matisse, and includes rare archive footage of him at work.
Cinema audiences can also enjoy breathtaking new performances inspired by Matisse’s cut-outs: Royal Ballet principal dancer Zenaida Yanowsky performs a dance piece reflecting the colours, dynamism and freedom of the cut-outs, and jazz musician Courtney Pine performs a piece invoking the golden age of bebop and jazz greats, the improvisational rhythms of which Matisse compared to his own way of working when making the cut-outs.
Bold, lively, and often on a grand scale, the cut-outs are a joyous celebration of colour and shape brought to life on the big screen, making this a must-see film for art lovers worldwide. London critics were unanimous in their praise:
Matisse screens at Palace Byron Bay Cinema at 1pm on Sunday 21 September and Wednesday 24 September. Tickets $15–20.