The Oasis of Matisse is the largest exhibition of Henri Matisse (1869-1954) in the Netherlands ever. Enter an exuberant world of color and discover masterpieces by Matisse alongside work by his contemporaries from the Stedelijk Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition features more than 100 works loaned from 35 international institutions including MoMA, the Tate, Musée Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, and the Pushkin State Museum in Moscow.
The course of the exhibition looks over the beginning of the artist’s career and ends with his paper cutouts, featuring works such as: The Parakeet and the Mermaid (1952-1953), which belongs to the Stedelijk’s permanent collection; Memory of Oceania, on loan from the MoMA in New York; The Snail, on loan from Tate Modern in London; and The Sheaf (1953), on loan from the Hammer Museum of Art in Los Angeles. The exhibition also features a series of rarely-displayed textiles in addition to stained glass painted by the artist.
The exhibition covers more than 21,500 square feet and occupies half of the Museum’s ground floor galleries, the hall of honor, and the first floor gallery suite. Beatrix Ruf, director of the museum, commented: “The Stedelijk has conceived a unique exhibition concept for “The Oasis of Matisse”: the permanent collection on the ground floor is enriched with a selection of Matisse masterpieces, creating surprising combinations with the work of his contemporaries, teachers and followers.
The Oasis of Matisse is at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam until the 16th August 2015. It's an unforgettable experience.