More than 300 drawings, prints, paper cut-outs and artist books by famed French artist Henri Matisse will go on show this summer at the Gallery of Modern Art, as part of GoMA's fifth birthday celebrations.
Opening on Saturday 3 December, the 'Matisse: Drawing Life' exhibition is exclusive to GoMA and will be the largest collection of Matisse's graphic works ever presented in Australia. While Matisse is best-known for his experiments with wild and expressive colour, this exhibition is an opportunity to appreciate his mastery of line, evident in everything from charcoal sketches to sinuous pen and ink drawings.
As we've come to expect from the gallery, plenty of exciting events will accompany the exhibition. For example, visitors to GoMA's Long Gallery will find a large-scale drawing studio inspired by Matisse's art and his working environments. The studio will host a range of changing displays, including still-life arrangements and live performances.
Guided tours (free with ticket purchase) will run from Monday 5 December, and a free film program at GoMA's Cinematheque will present weekly documentaries profiling Matisse's life and work.
There'll also be an Up Late program on Friday nights, featuring DJ jazz, artist talks, acoustic music, and live models in the Long Gallery studio.
The exhibition is being presented in partnership with the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and brings together works from several international museums as well as private collections to explore the extraordinary range and depth of Matisse's works on paper. I'm a big fan of collage and paper-cut work, so I'm especially excited about the chance to see some of his paper cut-outs up close.
GoMA is now such a fixture on Brisbane's cultural scene that it seems hard to believe it opened only five years ago. The Matisse show is one of a number of exhibitions being held to coincide with the gallery's fifth birthday at the end of 2011. I, for one, will be getting along to the party.
Tickets for 'Matisse: Drawing Life' are available from QTIX on-line or by phoning 136 246.