‘Matisse in his Time’ brings masterpieces from Paris to Oklahoma City Museum of Art

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is the exclusive North American venue for the historic exhibition featuring Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou in Paris

News from OKCMOA, Updated July 10, 2016

Guided Tours Offered for Historic Blockbuster U.S. Exhibition 

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. USA – – On select Thursdays throughout Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris, guests are invited to join an OKCMOA staff member for an intimate guided tour of the blockbuster exhibition. Tours will take place from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on July 14, Aug. 4Aug. 25 and Sept. 8.

 “Thursday night tours will be a wonderful way to delve deeper into the lives of the artists and the history of the pieces featured in the exhibition,” said Tracy Truels, the Museum’s director of learning and engagement. “We’ve already had record numbers of visitors to this historic exhibition and we’re looking forward to offering this additional learning opportunity to our guests.”
The tours are $12, which will include admission to Art After 5 and will be bookable online at http://www.okcmoa.com. These Thursday night special tours are expected to sell out. Reservations are encouraged.
A Rare Opportunity to View Unique Collection
The story of modern art in France during the first half of the 20th century continues through September 18, 2016 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA) in this exhibition which opened Saturday, June 18.

Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris includes 100 works of art, including more than 50 paintings, sculptures and works on paper by Henri Matisse, as well as masterworks by his contemporaries – Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Georges Braque, André Derain, Fernand Léger, Amedeo Modigliani, Joan Miró and Maurice de Vlaminck. 

Through a selection of works from the rich collection of the Centre Pompidou, along with a few exceptional loans, including four pieces from OKCMOA‘s permanent collection, Matisse’s works are presented in the context of the painter’s friendships and artistic exchanges, caught in a “spirit of the times” as the exhibition moves from his early work to his late-career paper cutouts.
One of the reasons Matisse is so important is that his development as a painter parallels that of modern art in the early 20th century,” said Michael J. Anderson, Ph.D., director of curatorial affairs. “In this exhibition, we move through time, witnessing the major movements not as a series of -isms, but rather in the context of the friendships and rivalries — with Matisse always at the center — that pushed art forward at a really exceptional pace.”
The exhibition begins in the studio of one of his earliest mentors, famous French symbolist painter Gustave Moreau, and continues step by step as Matisse helped define the direction of modern art in the first half of the 20th century. Matisse quickly asserted himself as an artistic authority in Moreau’s studio, where he and his friends created landscapes, still-lifes, and depictions of artists in their studios.
Following this first area, museumgoers will encounter sections on the topics of Fauvism; the influence of Cubism; Matisse’s period in Nice, France; odalisques; “The Dream” and drawing; the studio and the still-life; modernism; and Matisse’s influence on Pop artists.
Matisse in His Time”  provides  the last opportunity anywhere to see all these works together in one location. Tickets are available at okcmoa.com/matisse.
The exhibition is made possible by a grant from Inasmuch Foundation in honor of its founder, Edith Kinney Gaylord, who created the Oklahoma City-based foundation in 1982 and would have celebrated her 100th birthday on March 5, 2016. In addition to the fine arts, Inasmuch Foundation supports education, health and human services and community enhancement initiatives that enrich the quality of life for Oklahomans.


For additional details, please visit okcmoa.com.
Banner photo credit: PX037_4N51038_Ok_v5_06022016_converted
Lorette with coffee cup, Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954). Lorette à la tasse de café, 1917. Oil on canvas. Centre Pompidou, Paris. Musée national d’art moderne – Centre de création industrielle, AM 2001-214. © 2015 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Photograph © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Phillippe Migeat/Dist. RMN-GP
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