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The Tate Modern is offering “Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this extraordinary landmark exhibition which brings together around 120 works from the period in which Matisse began ‘cutting into colour.’”

As reported by ArtDaily,

The Tate Modern’s major exhibition, Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, is the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to the artist’s paper cut-outs made between 1943 and 1954. It brings together around 120 works, many seen together for the first time, in a groundbreaking reassessment of Matisse’s colourful and innovative final works. The exhibition opens at Tate Modern on 17 April 2014.

Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse (1869–1954) is one of the leading figures of modern art and one of the most significant colourists of all time. A draughtsman, printmaker, sculptor and painter, his unparalleled cut-outs are among the most significant of any artist’s late works. In a career spanning over half a century, Matisse made a large body of work of which the cut-outs are a brilliant final chapter in his long career.

Matisse’s first cut-outs were made between 1943 and 1947 and were collected together in Jazz 1947 (Pompidou, Paris), a book of 20 plates. Copies, published by Teriade and featuring a text hand-written by Matisse, will be shown alongside the original cut-outs. This will be the first time that the Jazz maquettes and the book have been shown together outside of France.

The show will include the largest number of Matisse’s Blue Nudes ever exhibited together, including the most significant of the group Blue Nude I 1952 (Beyeler Foundation, Basel).The works illustrate Matisse’s renewed interest in the figure.


Since this blog is dedicated to Fine Art in the New Media, so here, we will concentrate on how the Tate Modern has used the tools of the New Media to make Art accessible to everyone. The effective use of the New Media tools does not have to be flashy or even highly technical. The objective is not to sparkle and wow, but to have an unobstrusive interface between the viewer and the Art. Also, the effective use of the New Media bridges the limitations of space, time, and money to bring the art to the viewer, wherever in the world that viewer may be. The two features of the effective use of the New Media for the Tate Modern’s Matisse Exhibition may be termed “Matisse at the Movies,” and “Matisse on Your Phone.”


For those in the UK, the Tate Modern is offering a one-time event, “you are invited to enjoy an intimate, behind-the-scenes view of this blockbuster exhibition presented by Francine Stock and with guests such as Tate Director Nicholas Serota. This film features commentary on selected works, a biography of the artist, interviews with experts, friends of the artist and rare archive footage of Matisse at work.

For Everyone, the Tate Modern has made the the Matisse Exhibition available via Twitter and Storify saying, “Can’t wait for <em>Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs</em> to open? Wishing you could make it to London? Want to whet your appetite for colour? Get the first look and exclusive access by joining Assistant Curator Flavia Frigeri for a Twitter #TateTour on Wednesday 16 April 18:00 <span class=”caps”>BST</span> [the tour is now available to view via Storify.


The Tate Modern has also made the Matisse Exhibition via an app for Apple and Android. The Guide includes:

Detailed commentary on key works from the exhibition
Archival images of Matisse in his studio
Interviews with the exhibition curators and Matisse biographer Hilary Spurling
Conservation insights, and
A narrated biography of Matisse’s life.

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Matisse Paper Cut-Outs


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