Matisse, Cartier masterworks coming to Denver museum
DENVER – Opening Oct. 12, “Matisse and Friends: Selected Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art” showcases 14 paintings from the museum in Washington, D.C., by artists Henri Matisse, André Derain, Albert Marquet, Maurice de Vlaminck, Raoul Dufy, Georges Braque and Kees van Dongen. The exhibition will be on view through Feb. 8.
These artists shocked the art world with their raw approach – critics of the day called them les fauves, or the wild beasts – and triggered a succession of innovative movements in modern art. Working in and around Paris at the turn of the 20th century, they were part of a creative community that sought to redefine painting, favoring an expressive style that emphasized loose brushwork and bold colors.
The exhibition gallery draws inspiration from Matisse’s studio, employing vibrant walls, colorful rugs, and plush couches that encourage visitors to sit back and savor the details.
Specific artists on view will be the subjects of several lunch hour Nooner Tours during the run of the exhibition. On Oct. 22 and 24, the focus is on Maurice de Vlaminck. Both the Nooner Tours and “Matisse and Friends” are included in museum admission; no reservations are necessary.
‘Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century’
This November, the DAM will host the world-exclusive exhibition “Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century.” Featuring magnificent jewelry, timepieces and precious objects created between 1900 and 1975, this exhibition highlights Cartier’s rise to preeminence – and the historical events pushing the brand’s evolution – as it transformed itself into one of the world’s most prestigious names in jewelry and luxurious accessories.
A special section focused on masculine items will offer a rare look at the pieces Cartier crafted especially for men, including the modern wristwatch. Organized by the DAM, the exhibition will be on view in the Anschutz and Martin and McCormick galleries on level two of the Hamilton Building Nov. 16 through March 15.
Special dated and timed exhibition tickets for “Brillian: Cartier” will go on sale Oct. 1.
For museum information, call 720-865-5000 or visit www.denverartmuseum.org .
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