Matisse – Doubles and Variations offers a unique opportunity to view an extensive selection of Matisse art in series and pairs; works that are only rarely exhibited together. In collaboration with the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Denmark has brought together a wide range of Matisse’s best paintings.
Henri Matisse (1869-1954) is regarded as one of the greatest masters of 20th century art. He is particularly well known for powerful images created with an unfailingly keen sense for the beauty of colour and line. Throughout his life Matisse retained an inquisitive, ever-exploring approach to his art, continually testing and challenging his own idiom. Read about Matisse and his life
All stages of the artist’s development
The exhibition presents all the major phases of the artist’s development with a selection of works that spans the full range from Matisse’s production around 1900, when his method first took shape, to the late 1940s when he reached a final pinnacle with his painting. More about the exhibition
Doubles and variations as a method
The exhibition focuses on Matisse’s painting process. The exhibition focuses special attention on how Matisse would work systematically with repetition as a method. He repeatedly returned to subject matter he had previously addressed, testing its potential yet again. As he repeated such subjects he would vary the colours and techniques employed. His objective was to "push further and deeper into true painting," as he himself put it. Doubles and variations were fundamental features of Matisse’s way of working. Read about Matisse and his methods
Opens on Bastille Day
The exhibition is opened on 14 July at 3 p.m., i.e. on the French National Day, Bastille Day. From 2 p.m. onwards visitors can enjoy French music, snacks, cold beverages, and activities for children in front of the museum entrance. All are welcome. Curator Dorthe Aagesen from the Gallery will introduce the exhibition, and the director of the Centre Pompidou, Alfred Pacquement, will hold the inaugural speech.
The opening is staged in cooperation between the Gallery, the French Embassy, and the French Institute in Denmark.