Henri Matisse, The Cut-Outs: An Interview with MoMA Curators

Interview with Karl Buchberg, Senior Conservator, and Jodi Hauptman, Senior Curator, with Samantha Friedman, Assistant Curator, on "Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs" an upcoming exhibition opening at the MoMA October 12 2014.


Henri Matisse initially used paper cut-outs as a way to envision larger projects, like ballet sets and paintings. But in 1941, when he was confined to a wheelchair after a radical surgery, he began making them as artworks in and of themselves. Many of these works are featured in Cut-Outs, the upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. One of the masterpieces of the exhibition is Swimming Pool (1952), acquired in 1975 by the museum, and restored only recently. Created at a time when Matisse was no longer able to swim, Swimming Pool was a way for Matisse to bring the sea, which he "always adored," into his home. Let’s listen to Jodi Hauptman, Samantha Friedman, and Karl Buchberg - the organizers of this ground breaking exhibition opening on October 12, 2014.

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Born in Paris, Alexandre Stipanovich is a PhD, neuroscientist, working at the Rockefeller University in New York. He has contributed to the HuffPost.fr on scientific topics, and to Flash Art, France Culture on cultural subjects. His show The Scientist airs on www.know-wave.com, the radio of OHWOW gallery.

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