Le Cateau-Cambrésis, Musée Matisse

Fifteen masterworks of Matisse serve as a basis for exploring the way his work influenced and was assimilated by a variety of European and American abstract artists after the Second World War and into the 1960s. Fifty emblematic works in conversation with these base 15 works and on loan both from public and private collections, represent the following artists: Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Sam Francis, Ellsworth Kelly, Simon Hantaï, Raymond Hains, Morris Louis, Frank Stella, Daniel Buren, Blinky Palermo and François Rouan. Richard Tuttle et Claude Viallat.

Musée Matisse, situated in the artist’s town of birth, was created in 1951 and was reopened in 2002 after a 3-year renovation. Opening onto a park, the rooms are bathed in natural light. The space aims to preserve, as Matisse had wished, “a bit of the world’s fresh beauty”.

March 15th through June 14th, 2009
Palais Fénelon
59360 Le Cateau-Cambrésis
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