After showing at UCCA Beijing in the spring of 2022, “Matisse by Matisse,” the largest solo exhibition by Henri Matisse (1869-1954) in China to date, will travel to UCCA Edge in Shanghai. This exhibition is presented in collaboration with Musée Matisse Le Cateau-Cambrésis and features some 250 works by the artist from the museum’s collection. It covers Matisse’s entire career and range, encompassing mediums including oil painting, sculpture, ink drawings, prints, cut-outs, illustrations, sketches, and textiles.
Born on December 31, 1869 in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, northern France, Matisse came from a textile family that had been in the business for over 300 years. Two years before his death, Matisse bequeathed the most prized works from his own collection to his hometown, establishing the core of the collection of Musée Matisse. He took care in choosing the pieces and designed the gallery spaces, down to the details of the display of each artwork. Musée Matisse could thus be regarded as a unique artistic legacy left behind by the artist, exemplifying most directly and intimately his artistic practice, creative processes, and ideas about art. After the recent sesquicentennial of Matisse’s birth, and owing the current closure, for renovation, of the Musée Matisse, this valuable collection now has the unique opportunity to make its way to China.
UCCA Director and Chief Executive Philip Tinari notes, “With this rare exhibition, UCCA is honored to further expand its efforts to present key figures in twentieth-century art to audiences in China. We are particularly excited by the range of work on offer, and by the chance to present works so dear to the artist himself. We look forward to bringing this important exhibition to Beijing and Shanghai next year.”
“Matisse by Matisse” is curated by Patrice Deparpe, Director and Chief Curator, Musée Matisse Le Cateau-Cambrésis. It is presented in collaboration with UCCA, and with support from the art and culture agency Doors门艺.
About Musée Matisse Le Cateau-Cambrésis
Located in Henri Matisse’s hometown of Le Cateau-Cambrésis in northern France, Musée Matisse was founded by the artist and houses one of the most important collections of his works in the world. In 1952, Matisse bequeathed 82 of his works to the city of Le Cateau-Cambrésis and personally participated in the design of the exhibition galleries. The museum’s collection continued to enlarge after Matisse’s death, with a gift from French abstract painter Auguste Herbin in 1956, and another, of books and works by Modernist masters, from art publisher Alice Tériade’s in 2000. Musée Matisse originally opened in the Town Hall of Le Cateau-Cambrésis, moving in 1982 to the Fenélon Palace, built during the eighteenth century. The museum is currently undergoing renovation in preparation for a new expansion.