During AZA16: Standard Bank Gallery will be open until 9pm as part of First Thursdays on 1 September, with free shuttles available from Braamfontein and Maboneng.
13 July 2016 – 17 September 2016 | Standard Bank Gallery
This is the first major showcase of the art of Henri Matisse on the African continent. The range of material collected allows visitors to engage with the broad range and scope of the artist’s work.
At the end of the nineteenth century, Matisse was a young man struggling to gain access to the ‘official’ French art world. By 1905, he was making waves as a fauve (wild beast) with his bold use of colour and his departure from the conventions of realism. After the First World War, Matisse was among the French artists who followed the call to “return to order” instead of pursuing their experimentation with abstraction. Yet his desire to explore new forms of representation also drove him to travel widely: from Morocco and Algeria to Martinique and Tahiti. Although he reproduced “Orientalist” ideas about the exotic non-Western world, Matisse’s views differed from those of his modernist contemporaries who adopted a naïve “primitivism”.