Matisse, Life in Color. A Rare Exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Matisse, Life in Color is a sweeping exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art that features over 100 works from one of the most influential artists of twentieth century: Henri Matisse.


The works, which are on loan from the Baltimore Museum of Art’s extensive Matisse collection, span over 6 decades of Matisse’s remarkable career, one which saw him explore a variety of artistic styles and media, including painting, sculpture paper cutout and even printmaking.


Curated by the IMA’s Rebecca Long, the exhibit runs through January 12, 2014 and includes some nice ‘techie’ type bonuses.


For example, visitors can put on headphones to hear an audio guide talk about the exhibit, or even pickup iPads to learn more about the artwork as they are viewing it. A flat-panel TV shows footage of Matisse at work, and gives insight as to his paper cutout process.


“The exhibition is organized somewhat by subject matter, so you’ll see of his landscape work, and then you’ll see still-lifes and interiors. Later on in the exhibition you’ll see some nudes, and then finally, his jazz series, which was a paper cutout series he did later on in his life.


Matisse’s career spanned more than six decades, and so you’ll see his style change quite a bit, and you’ll see the various ways he experimented in his artwork,” explained Candace Gwaltney, Public Relations Manager for the Indianapolis Museum of Art.


Matisse’s work is seen by many art scholars as rivaling Picasso. To be able to experience six decades of work by such an historic figure, up-close and in-person, is a rare privilege indeed. This is a wonderful exhibition that enriches the Indianapolis community and at the same time underscores the IMA’s status as a cultural destination.