The Matisse Center at the Baltimore Museum of Art to open on December 12 – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – A new center dedicated to the study of French artist Henri Matisse is scheduled to open at the Baltimore Museum of Art on December 12.

With over 1,200 works by the artist in its collections, the museum claims to have the largest public collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures by Matisse in the world.

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The 2,500 square foot Ruth R. Marder Center for Matisse Studies includes a dedicated exhibition gallery; a library and study room for academics and students; storage room; and offices, the museum said.

Artist Stanley Whitney created a set of three stained glass windows for the space.

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To mark the opening of the center, the BMA presents “Matisse: the sinuous line”, an exhibition exploring “the artist’s graceful use of the line and his innate ability to suggest personality and mood with just a few traits. or with many others in its fully fleshed out. -off compositions, ”said the museum. The show is the first installation in a two-part series.

“With the inauguration of the Marder Matisse Center, we are establishing a new resource that invites research, discovery and dialogue on the importance of Matisse for the history of art and his continued relevance for contemporary artists” said museum director Christopher Bedford. “Our vision for the center is to engage academics and the public by making more of our Matisse collection visible and devoting a space where individuals can come together to learn and engage with work and with each other. others.”

An exhibit examining the friendship between Baltimore collector Etta Cone and Matisse, “A Modern Influence: Henri Matisse, Etta Cone, and Baltimore”, is currently on view through January 2. In 1949, Cone bequeathed the art collection that she and her sister Claribel compiled, including 600 works by Matisse.

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The BMA also plans to open the Nancy Dorman and Stanley Mazaroff Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photographs on December 12, offering a new exhibition space for the museum’s 67,000 works on paper.

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