IMA to host new Henri Matisse exhibition

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On Thursday, The Indianapolis Museum of Art announced that it would host a major exhibition of paintings, sculptures and works on paper.

The exhibition, influenced by French artist Henri Matisse (1869–1954), runs from Oct. 11, 2013, to Jan. 12, 2014. It is named Matisse, Life in Color: Masterworks from The Baltimore Museum of Art.  It mostly comes from The BMA’s Cone Collection, which is one of the most comprehensive collections of Matisse’s art in the world.

“We are delighted to bring some of the most significant works from this renowned collection to Indianapolis and give our community this rare opportunity to see such an extraordinary array of work by this important artist,” said Dr. Charles L. Venable, The Melvin & Bren Simon CEO and Director. “Henri Matisse’s strong use of color and pattern was incredibly influential among avant-garde artists of the 20th century, and his work remains a touchstone for many artists working today. I have no doubt that his works will not only dazzle visitors with their sheer beauty, but also will inspire them to think about art in new ways,”

Matisse, Life in Color is organized and circulated by The Baltimore Museum of Art and features nearly 80 works of art from its permanent collection, including paintings, sculptures, prints and artist books. Among the exhibition highlights are:

  • Large Reclining Nude, 1935: Large Reclining Nude is one of Matisse’s most compelling paintings of the 1930s and an important work in the transition to his late painting style and to his paper cutouts.
  • The Yellow Dress, 1929-1931: In 1929, Matisse was in the midst of a painting block. His production fell off sharply, and he left a number of paintings unfinished.
  • Seated Odalisque, Left Knee Bent, Ornamental Background and Checkerboard, 1928: After seeing an exhibition of Islamic art in Munich in 1910, Matisse became intrigued by the decorative aesthetics of Near Eastern and North African cultures.
  • The Serpentine, Original model 1909; this cast c. 1930: The Serpentine is one of Matisse’s most radical and open sculptures, composed as much with empty spaces as with sculptural masses.

“This exhibition will be an incredible asset to the IMA and offers our residents a chance to see firsthand the works of this renowned artist,” said Mayor Greg Ballard. “Arts and culture are an important experience in people’s lives and contribute to the vibrancy of a community. Opportunities such as this enhance quality of life in Indianapolis for our residents and attract visitors who significantly impact our local tourism industry and economy.”

IMA members can reserve their free tickets beginning March 11, 2013, and Oct. 11th and 12th are members-only preview days. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Sept. 1, 2013. Tickets are $18 for adults, $10 for students with a student ID and youth ages 7 to 17, and free for children 6 and younger.

Group tour rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Groups can make reservations by calling 317-923-1331 ext. 218.

Educational tours are available for school groups, and teachers can make reservations by calling 317-923-1331 ext. 218. Customized activities and individualized curriculum packets, which link to the National Visual Arts Standards as well as Indiana’s Common Core Standards, will be available for this exhibition. More information is available on the IMA website.