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The much anticipated Henri Matisse|Rhythm and Meaning exhibition opened at Johannesburg’s Standard Bank Gallery recently. Art lovers can experience the genius and versatility of the French modernist master’s first exhibition in Africa for free and Standard Bank has also made available a free shuttle for patrons to attend the exhibition from 1 August 2016 to 17 September 2016.

To book a seat on the shuttle, patrons must visit www.standardbank.com/matisseshuttle and enter their details as prompted. Using a valid booking reference to enter, booked passengers will be shuttled between the Gautrain Park Station at 11:30 and 13:00 daily and returned to the Gautrain Park Station at 12:45 and 14:15 daily. The service runs from Monday to Saturday and excludes Sundays and public holidays.

 Océanie, la mer (Oceania, the sea). 1946  Screenprint on raw linen. 176 x 395cm. Musée départemental Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis

Joining forces with the ever so popular First Thursdays on 4 August and 1 September, the Standard Bank Gallery will open until 21h00, and the shuttle service will continue to operate until the same time. Leaving first from Braamfontein Smit Service Road (Kalashnikovv Gallery) at 18:00, to the Standard Bank Gallery, and returning every 40 minutes thereafter. The shuttle will also depart from Maboneng Commissioner Street (MOAD) at 18:30 to the Standard Bank Gallery, and returning every 40 minutes thereafter.

For patrons who want to know more about how much the artist Henri Matisse has influenced our modern lives and what influenced his work, you can enjoy a free screening of the BBC Modern Masters Series: Henri Matisse. The screenings take place at The Bioscope, in Maboneng, on Sundays 7 and 21 August, at 15h00, but pre-bookings have to be made on http://www.thebioscope.co.za/.

Those who simply want their own Matisse-inspired portrait, can upload a photo of themselves along with the hashtag #MatisseMyPic on Twitter or Instagram and we’ll lovingly recreate it to look like a Matisse masterpiece and send it back via Twitter or Instagram for use as a profile picture or just to share with the world.

Patrons can also design their way to Matisse through the Standard Bank Pop Up Art Studio’s in Melrose Arch on 30 to 31 July, from 10am to 4pm. Through a sketch and paint programme, patrons will be able to design their own piece of artwork individually or as a group of 4, and receive them as a print out in A5 size on a board, or via e-mail.

 
Masque d’après D.A. II (Mask after D.A. II) 1948. Aquatint on Marais paper. 31.2 x 24.8cm. Collection: S. Mazo

Co-curated by Patrice Deparpe, Director of the Musée départemental Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis and Federico Freschi, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg, this wide-ranging Henri Matisse|Rhythm and Meaning exhibition features paintings, drawings, paper cut-outs sculptures and prints. The works are drawn from his early Fauvist years, through his interest in exoticism and orientalism, to the paper cut-outs that he produced during a late-career creative renaissance.

Central to the exhibition is the full suite of 20 prints in the artist’s 1947 book, Jazz, including images of clowns, horses and other circus acts. The exhibition’s title draws from Matisse’s pronouncement that “jazz is rhythm and meaning”.

Patrons can also enjoy the exhibition through a free walkabout with local arts educator, Wilhelm van Rensburg, between 1pm and 2pm on most Wednesdays and Fridays for the duration of the exhibition. The walkabouts promise to deliver fascinating insights into Matisse and his art and take place on 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 and 31 August; and 1, 7, 9, 14 and 16 September.

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