15 November 2019

Tickets go on sale for NGA's summer blockbuster

| Ian Bushnell
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The National Gallery of Australia

The National Gallery of Australia is preparing for an exceptional summer exhibition. Photo: Jack Mohr.

Tickets have gone on sale for the National Gallery of Australia’s major summer exhibition, Matisse & Picasso, which opens on 13 December and celebrates one of the most momentous relationships in modern art.

The NGA says the exhibition showcases the artistic rivalry and turbulent friendship of two giants of modern art, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

Featuring over 200 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, illustrated books and costumes from two of the greatest artists of the 20th century, Matisse & Picasso has been made possible thanks to loans from institutions in Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States, South America and Australia, including Musée Picasso, Paris, Tate, London and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, as well as private lenders in Australia, England and France.

It also draws on the National Gallery’s own extensive collection of works by Matisse and Picasso.

Henri Matisse, top, and Pablo Picasso, below: a turbulent friendship. Photos: NGA.

For the first time, Australian audiences will learn about the powerful connection between Matisse and Picasso; each used the other as an artistic foil and drew inspiration from their rivalry, which spurred their creative brilliance to even greater heights.

Over half a century, as these artistic opponents took modernism in a new direction, their intense relationship masked a grudging respect.

Matisse and Picasso felt they were each without peer – except for each other. After the death of his friend in 1954, Picasso acknowledged the influence Matisse had on his own career. “Nobody ever looked at Matisse’s work as thoroughly as I did. And he at mine,” Picasso said.

The story of Matisse and Picasso’s passionate relationship is told through their works of art, many of which are coming to the southern hemisphere for the first time.

Matisse & Picasso is on show at the National Gallery of Australia from 13 December 2019 until 13 April 2020, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.

Tickets are now available from Ticketek: Adults $28; Students/Concession $25; NGA Members $20; Child (5-16) $10; Children 4 and under are free.

For more information go to visit the NGA website.

Original Article published by Ian Bushnell on The RiotACT.

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