Masterpieces from Matisse in South Africa

This year’s National Arts Festival may have come to an end but you can still get your art fix at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg. A large number of works by Henri Matisse will be on display for all to enjoy, thanks to support from the Embassy of France to South Africa. This is the first wide-ranging exhibition of Matisse’s work to be held in South Africa


The exhibition will be supplemented by an education programme, so that learners can appreciate the masterpieces as much as a connoisseur would. Wilhelm van Rensburg, curator of education for the exhibition, is a Research Fellow at the Visual Identities in Art & Design (VIAD) research centre in the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA) at the University of Johannesburg. For a full understanding of how the exhibition programme will take place, you can listen to his Think!Fest presentation below.

It’s not enough to place colours, however beautiful, one beside the other; colours must also react on one another. Otherwise, you have cacophony. Jazz is rhythm and meaning. – Matisse

Henri Matisse: Rhythm and Meaning will be on display at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg from 13 July to 17 September 2016.

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  1. Barry Marasian says:

    I saw this show in Johannesburg and thought it was beautiful. SB Bank Gallery is a world class art gallery as good as any museum galleryl. I loved the exhibit which was free to see as well.

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