When Inspirations Hits

Over the course of the ‘Matisse Drawing Life’ exhibition, The Drawing Room has been a space for observation, contemplation and interpretation. The three thematic displays of The Drawing Room have been informed by particular periods and places in Henri Matisse’s career and by his ‘palette of objects’ such as ceramic and glass vessels, textiles, Moroccan…

Rare book or time machine?

It’s not unusual for a book to show the expanse of an artist’s work but Henri Matisse: Dessins. Themes et Variations, published in 1943 and limited to 950 copies offers something more intimate. It is a portfolio of drawings consisting of 158 plates produced in lithography and presented on single loose leaf pages. Comprising 17…

Behind the scenes: Matisse ‘The Drawing Room’ 2011

Inspired by the studio interiors and the subject matter used by Henri Matisse throughout his artistic career, GOMA’s iconic Long Gallery has been transformed into an interactive drawing studio and lounge that offers Gallery visitor’s an invitation to create their own art work. The space is broken into series of staged ‘thematic’ tableaux whose content…

Cuzin on Matisse

Today I visited ‘Matisse: Drawing Life’ to look at the interventions of Christophe Cuzin. A contemporary French artist who was brought on board when the Gallery first started thinking about the design of the Matisse exhibition, Cuzin was invited to work with the exhibition’s designers to conceptualise a colour palette for the gallery spaces and…

The book as art

In an age when an increasing number of people are consuming books and texts electronically via screens, the book as object has come to occupy a unique role. The particularly twentieth—century phenomenon of high—end book production by publishers such as Ambroise Vollard, Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, Albert Skira and Tériade (Stratis Eleftheriades) is broadly known as the…

A long engagement

A frequent question to curators and directors of art museums by media and visitors is ‘How long did it take to put the exhibition together?’ Of course there is no single answer, but on average, exhibitions of the scale and breadth of ‘Matisse: Drawing life’ take years rather than months. In this case it is…