Matisse: Painter as Sculptor is jointly organized by the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, and The Baltimore Museum of Art. The national tour is presented by Bank of America, the exhibition's exclusive corporate partner. The presentation in Dallas is made possible by The Dallas Foundation. This exhibition is supported by The Eugene McDermott Foundation and an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Additional organizing support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. Hotel accommodations provided by Hilton Anatole. Promotional support provided by CBS Radio, DART, Lamar Transit and Outdoor, and WFAA.
Marguerite and Robert Hoffman Galleries
Dallas Museum of Art; Nasher Sculpture Center; Baltimore Museum of Art
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: June 9-September 16, 2007; Baltimore Museum of Art: October 28, 2007-February 3, 2008
The Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center have partnered to present the first major exhibition in more than two decades to explore Henri Matisse's sculptural works. Matisse: Painter as Sculptor will examine the artist's sculpture as a vital part of a multifaceted conversation among the different media in his work and will reach further than before to highlight Matisse's achievements as a sculptor. Featuring more than 150 sculptures, paintings, and drawings, as well as photographs of the artist at work, the exhibition will present new insight into Matisse's creative process and will contextualize his achievements through comparative works of other modern masters.
Matisse: Painter as Sculptor is organized thematically around a core group of more than forty of Matisse's great sculptural masterworks, which will be complemented with a selection of related works on paper, paintings, and original photographs of the artist at work. These integrated groupings will help illuminate the evolution of Matisse's sculptural ideas and created process and reveal the dialogue between the two-dimensional and three-dimensional in his oeuvre. For instance, the bronze sculpture "Reclining Nude I (Aurora)" (1907), will be exhibited alongside the majestic painting "Blue Nude: Memory of Biskra" (1907), a canvas that Matisse was painting during a key and difficult moment in the modeling of the sculpture. The pained and sculpted representations of the reclining female nude evolved together and were inextricably linked. Other exhibition highlights include the bronze sculpture "Madeleine I" and "Madeleine II" (1901 and 1903), the five portrait busts of "Jeannette" (1910-1914), and the monumental series of four bronze reliefs known as "The Backs" (1909-1930), Matisse's most sustained exploration of the reduction and abstraction of the human form.
Select works by Alexander Archipenko, Constantin Brancusi, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Alberto Giacometti, Pablo Picasso, and Auguste Rodin, among other modern masters, will contextualize Matisse's work, his dialogue with the figurative tradition, and the radical nature of his sculpture in the history or modern art.
In conjunction with the Nasher Sculpture Center
The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Members and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.