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Matisse: Drawing Life

Henri Matisse, La Pleureuse

Henri Matisse | La Pleureuse 1900/1903 | Collection: Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris | © Henri Matisse 1900/1903/Succession H Matisse/Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney, 2011


Henri Matisse | Patitcha souriante (Patitcha smiling) 1947 | Purchased 1993 with funds from the International Exhibitions Program | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | © Henri Matisse 1947/Succession H Matisse/Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney, 2011

3 December 2011 – 4 March 2012 | Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) | Ticketed | Exclusive to Brisbane

GOMA Opening Hours
10.00am — 5.00pm Monday to Friday
9.00am — 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday
Closed Christmas Day
9.00am — 5.00pm Public Holidays

Every day, Henri Matisse drew from life. And what he drew from his art was life itself.

‘Matisse: Drawing Life’ is the most comprehensive exhibition of Henri Matisse’s prints and drawings ever mounted. Presented in partnership with the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the exhibition includes more than 300 drawings, prints and illustrated books by one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists. Exploring the themes and subjects to which Matisse repeatedly turned throughout his long career, the exhibition provides insights into the artist’s daily drawing practice.

Curated exclusively for GOMA by Céline Chicha-Castex, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Prints, Bibliothèque nationale de France, and independent Paris-based curator Emilie Ovaere-Corthay, the exhibition brings together works from international, national and private collections to explore the extraordinary range and depth of Matisse’s engagement with the graphic mark. The exhibition has been designed by French artist Christophe Cuzin, who responds to Matisse’s palette.

To complement the exhibition, GOMA’s Long Gallery will feature The Drawing Room, an interactive large-scale drawing studio for visitors, inspired by Matisse and his working environments.

Fifth Anniversary Celebrations

This exhibition coincides with the fifth anniversary of the Gallery’s iconic second site, GoMA, which has become a national cultural hub for modern and contemporary art and ideas. This will be one of several exhibitions marking GoMA’s fifth anniversary at the end of 2011.

Film Program

4 December 2011 — 4 March 2012
The Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque presents a free weekly program of documentaries profiling the life and work of Henri Matisse. While Matisse’s engagement with cinema is limited, the repeating program includes a number of important films, archival fragments and biographical documentaries featuring footage of the artist working in his studio.

The program includes a number of important films, archival fragments and biographical documentaries featuring footage of the artist working in his studio. Included is a rare presentation of François Campaux’s documentary Henri Matisse 1946, showing the evolution of a series of charcoal drawings of Matisse’s grandson; and A Model for Matisse 2003, which presents the tender relationship between Matisse and the woman who would inspire him to create the masterpiece of his life’s work: the Chapel of the Rosary in the French Mediterranean village of Vence.

Pick up a copy of the Gallery’s Cinema brochure for more information. Admission free.


Guided Tours
11.00am | From 5 December 2011 (excluding 24 December 2011 to 1 January 2012)
11.00am & 1.00pm | From 30 January 2012
Tours are free with purchase of an exhibition ticket.  Meet your volunteer guide inside the exhibition entrance.

Tour for Hearing-Impaired Visitors
Friday 24 February 2012 | 10.00am | │Bookings required
Free with exhibition ticket. Assistive listening devices (FM system) are available for visitors with hearing-impairment.  Bookings are essential as the number of devices is limited. To book, send an email or call the Education Bookings Office on (07) 3840 7255.

Auslan-Interpreted Tour for Deaf Visitors
Sunday 26 February 2012 | 3.00pm | No bookings required
An interpreter from Deaf Services Queensland will accompany our guide on this tour.  Free with exhibition ticket.  Meet at the information desk, GOMA

Look Out teacher program

Matisse: Drawing Life
Saturday 11 February 2012 | 9.00am, GOMA
Paid program | Curatorial talk and artist workshop
Bookings from 9 January 2012 (online only). Certificates of attendance will be provided.
For information on the Gallery's Look Out teacher program, visit Information for Educators 

Matisse Cafe

Located in the heart of The Drawing Room, the Matisse Cafe is a great place to enjoy a relaxing break during your exhibition visit. This specially designed cafe is open until 4.45pm daily.

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