Exhibition dedicated to Matisse opens in Amsterdam

The collection of Matisse’s artworks will be the largest to have ever been on display in the Netherlands, as well as being one of the biggest exhibitions that the Stedelijk has hosted. The Oasis of Matisse has been highly anticipated, not only due to its size, but also because it is the first survey of the artist’s work to be in the country for more than 60 years.

Visitors in Amsterdam on European river cruises will find the exhibition in half of the museum’s ground floor galleries, as well as the hall of honour and first floor gallery suite. Over 100 works can be seen, which have been loaned from a variety of 35 international institutions such as MoMA, the Tate, Musée Matisse and the Pushkin State Museum in Moscow.

Mixing new and existing artworks

A selection of Matisse’s works can be found on the ground floor, amongst a number of pieces from the Stedelijk’s collection, in order to create a dialogue with work by other artists such as Mondrian and Kirchner. This allows those who have previously visited the Stedelijk to see the collection in a new light, while those new to the museum will be able to see a fantastic display of some of the world’s most famous artists.

When heading upstairs, Matisse’s well-known seminal works such as The Parakeet and the Mermaid can be found, as well as rare textile and stained glass pieces. The collection covers a space of 5,000 square metres in total and gives an insight into the artist’s career, starting from his initial works in the 1950s to a look into those who have since been inspired by his creativity.

The Oasis of Matisse exhibition is now open to the public and can be viewed until 16th August 2015.

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