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Matisse: Life & Spirit

Henri Matisse 'The sorrow of the king (La tristesse du roi)' 1952, Centre Pompidou, Paris © Succession H Matisse 2021
When

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays to Sundays, 10am to 5pm Wednesdays, 10am to 9pm Saturday 20 November to Sunday 13 March 2022

This Sydney-exclusive exhibition offers an extraordinary immersion in the range and depth of the art of Henri Matisse, one of the world’s most beloved, innovative and influential artists.

Developed in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou in Paris, which holds an exceptional collection of works by the artist, Matisse: Life & Spirit, Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou, Paris is the greatest single exhibition of Matisse masterworks ever to be seen in Sydney.

Reaching from his early adventures in colour as a fauvist through to the serene and distilled designs for his chapel in Vence, the exhibition follows Matisse’s search across six decades. Through paintings, drawings, sculptures and a compelling presentation of his triumphant cut-outs, it reveals how Matisse renewed his vision time and again across his long career, seeking new ways of celebrating the seen world and expressing the energy he felt in it.

Highlights include the especially important early work Le Luxe I 1907; the mid-career masterpiece Decorative figure on an ornamental ground 1925; and the majestic self-portrait, The sorrow of the king 1952, one of the largest of the famous cut-outs that the artist created in his late career.

Filled with brilliant colour, dynamic energy, visual joy and emotional power, Matisse: Life & Spirit, Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou, Paris is an inspirational journey through the life and art of this ceaselessly inventive and life-affirming painter.

TICKETS ON SALE 1 NOVEMBER

Covid-safe information

Prior to 1 December, for everyone’s health and safety, COVID-19 vaccination (age 16+) and masks (age 12+) are legal requirements for all visitors. We need to view proof of vaccination to manage our work health and safety risks and comply with Public Health Orders. Your information will be kept private.

The health and safety of visitors is the top priority of the Art Gallery, which will continue to be guided by the NSW Government’s health guidelines. We look forward to welcoming you to back soon.

Visit our website to find out everything you need to know before visiting.

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