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Matisse in Sorrento

Henri Matisse – The curtain of life from 15th june to 20th october 2019

From June 15th, at 7 pm, at Villa Fiorentino in Sorrento, there is “The Curtain of Life”, an exhibition dedicated to the genius of Henri Matisse.

Matisse in Sorrento
Matisse in Sorrento

The prestigious headquarters of the Sorrento Foundation welcoming what is considered to be one of the main cultural events of the summer at national level that is open to the public from June 15th to October 20th, 2019.

An event that aims to turn the spotlight in particular on the imprint that the French artist gave to the theater and in general to its stenographic side and to “effect” creations.
In fact, Henri Matisse was not only a great painter, considering that he was also very interested in theater and in the production of stage costumes, set designs and odalisques.

The first international event celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great master of the 1900s, born in Cateau Cambresis on 31 December 1869, the exhibition presents over 90 works, including paintings, drawings and graphic works. The works come from the Kunstmuseum Pablo Picasso in Münster, the Maeght Gallery in Paris and Magnum Photos.

Coordinates the project Gaetano Milano, managing director of the Sorrento Foundation, body chaired by Gianluigi Aponte. Event organized in collaboration with the Municipality of Sorrento led by the mayor Giuseppe Cuomo. Professor Markus Müller, director of the Kunstmuseum Pablo Picasso of Münster, Germany, and Gabriele Accornero, cultural management expert and CEO of Bridgeconsulting-pro take care of the exhibition.

The exhibition hosted in Sorrento also investigates the relationship between the artist and his models. In fact, Matisse was also interested in clothes and high fashion, it is said that the master defined women as “actresses of his art”, considering them the main theme of his work. Particular subjects are also presented, the odalisques, for Matisse the ideal synthesis between the representation of women and vegetable or geometric ornamentation.

The exhibition itinerary continues with the papiers découpés, a type of collage invented by Matisse, whose technique consists in cutting out the color and then applying the shapes obtained on canvas. There will also be a room with a 3D reconstruction of the Chapel of Vence, one of the last masterpieces of the great artist made before his death.

On the occasion of the exhibition, the collaboration between the Sorrento Foundation and the “Francesco Grandi” Art High School continues, with students and teachers who have designed the project “Volare con Icaro” specifically for the festival of Villa Fiorentino, inspired by one of the works of the artist of the “Jazz” series, he addressed the theme linked to the courage to dare. A room will therefore be dedicated to the works of the boys.

Matisse a Sorrento

The exhibition is accompanied by an Edizioni Fondazione Sorrento catalog.
“The Sorrento Foundation – explains the CEO Gaetano Milano – intends to involve the city in the Matisse project through initiatives that will transform the exhibition on the occasion of the promotion of operators and operators into promoters of the exhibition itself. In these first years of international exhibition activity we have understood that culture and art are an extraordinary driving force for the economic and social fabric of the city and in this sense we want to further focus our efforts “.

“The exhibition – comments president Gianluigi Aponte – is the result of collaborations with a highly prestigious cultural institution such as the Picasso Museum. Networking is an essential condition to play a role among the great art players not only in Italy but also internationally “.
General informations

• Full 10 euros
• Reduced 6 euros for groups and schools (group means an aggregate of at least 10 people) and for young people from 11 to 18 years of age, carers of the disabled
• Free for disabled, accredited journalists, children up to 10 years

Opening time:
From Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.