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Henri Matisse, Nu bleu II (Blue Nude II), 1952. Lithographic reproduction (1958), 46.7 x 57.7cm. © Succession H. Matisse/ DACS 2018
Henri Matisse, Nu bleu II (Blue Nude II), 1952. Lithographic reproduction (1958), 46.7 x 57.7cm. © Succession H. Matisse/ DACS 2018

MATISSE: Drawing with Scissors

Late Works 1950-1954
A Hayward Gallery Touring Exhibition

Hove Museum of Creativity
4 May to 1 September 2024
The works of one of the most influential French artists of the 20th Century are coming to Hove Museum of Creativity this summer.

Matisse: Drawing with Scissors is a Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition from the Southbank Centre and will be open to all to visit for free from 4 May – 1 September 2024.

Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, a Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition from the Southbank Centre features 35 lithographic prints of the famous cut-outs produced in the last four years of Matisse’s life, when the artist was confined to his bed. The works include many of his iconic images, such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes.

The exhibition will run alongside special craft workshops which celebrate the artist’s style including Drawing with Scissors: Collage and Decoupage with 3D Objects (18 May) and Stories in Collage: Creative Paper Collage Workshop (20 July). This is in keeping with Hove Museum’s ongoing celebration of contemporary craft and the relationship between alchemy and making.

The French painter, sculptor and designer, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. His vibrant works are celebrated for their extraordinary richness and luminosity of colour and his spectacular paper cut-outs were his final triumph.

Matisse continued creating highly original works into his eighties. For his cut-outs he used paper hand-painted with gouache, which he carved into with scissors: ‘the paper cut-out allows me to draw in the colour… Instead of drawing the outline and putting the colour inside it… I draw straight into the colour.’ The colours he used were so strong that he was advised by his doctor to wear dark glasses.

The lithographic reproductions in this exhibition are taken from a special double issue of Verve, a review of art and literature, published by Matisse’s friend, the critic and fine art publisher Tériade, in 1958, four years after Matisse’s death. The publication was planned during Matisse’s lifetime and the first lithographic plates were prepared under his direction a few days before he died.

Matisse began his working life as a lawyer, before going to Paris to study art in 1890. At first strongly influenced by the Impressionists, he soon created his own style, using brilliant, pure colours, and started making sculptures as well as paintings. In 1905 he and his colleagues were branded the Fauves (wild beasts) because of their unconventional use of colour, and it was during this time that he painted his celebrated Luxe, Calme et Volupté (Luxury, Tranquillity and Delight).

‘There is no gap between my earlier pictures and my cut-outs,’ Matisse wrote; ‘I have only reached a form reduced to the essential through greater absoluteness and greater abstraction’.

CEO of Brighton & Hove Museums Hedley Swain said: “It’s a great pleasure to share the famous cut-out works of Henri Matisse through this exhibition. Matisse is a true giant of modern art, and this is an amazing chance to enjoy some of his most vibrant and iconic works at Hove Museum of Creativity.”

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About Hove Museum of Creativity
Step into a world of toys, cinema, local history, and fine art. Hove Museum of Creativity part of Brighton & Hove Museums, is a family friendly museum with one of the finest craft collections in the UK.
FREE entry
Address: 19 New Church Road, Hove BN3 4AB.
Admission: Free
Opening hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
10am – 5pm
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About Hayward Gallery Touring

Hayward Gallery Touring organises contemporary art exhibitions that tour to galleries, museums and other publicly funded venues throughout Britain. In collaboration with artists, independent curators, writers and partner institutions, Hayward Gallery Touring develops imaginative exhibitions that are seen by up to half a million people in over 45 cities and towns each year.

The Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre occupying a prominent riverside location that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. We exist to present great cultural experiences that bring people together and we achieve this by providing the space for artists to create and present their best work and by creating a place where as many people as possible can come together to experience bold, unusual and eye-opening work. We want to take people out of the everyday, every day.

The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. The Southbank Centre is made up of the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery as well as being home to the National Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. It is also home to four Resident Orchestras (London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment) and four Associate Orchestras (Aurora Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain).

Henri Matisse, Nu bleu II (Blue Nude II), 1952. Lithographic reproduction (1958), 46.7 x 57.7cm. © Succession H. Matisse/ DACS 2018
Henri Matisse, Nu bleu II (Blue Nude II), 1952. Lithographic reproduction (1958), 46.7 x 57.7cm. © Succession H. Matisse/ DACS 2018