A new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York is held since 12th of October, and it is named Cut Outs. The reason of this exhibition is to revive the art of Henri Matisse, and it is the largest and most extensive presentation of his Cut-POuts ever mounted. The exhibition includes approximately 100 cut-outs, borrowed from public and private collections around the globe, along with a selection of related drawings, prints, illustrated books, stained glass, and textiles. The last time, New York hosted the cut-outs was in 1961.
This time, MoMA cooperates with Tate Modern, London. The history behind cut-outs had been born the last years of Matisse’s life, around 1940. When ill health first prevented Matisse from painting, he began to cut into painted paper with scissors to make drafts for a number of commissions, creating a new kind of modern art. London was first to host the exhibition, before its traveling to New York at the Museum of Modern Art and after which, the works will be returning to galleries and private owners around the world.
* Words by Kristel Liakou