press release

Visit the online Met Store for related publications, reproductions, and other products. This exhibition is a celebration and acknowledgment of the recent gift to the Metropolitan Museum of more than 100 works from The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Foundation. Pierre Matisse (1900–1989), a prominent art dealer in New York, was the younger son of the French painter Henri Matisse (1869–1954). Pierre and Maria-Gaetana von Spreti (1943–2001) were married in 1974, and in 1995 Mrs. Matisse established the foundation in their names to implement her own and her late husband’s philanthropic interests. The exhibition lasts one year, and it is being presented in three consecutive installations. Works by Henri Matisse, the central feature of the collection, include paintings, sculpture, drawings, linocuts, and aquatints, as well as a ceramic plate and a large paper cut-out. Two other sections of the first installation are devoted to 14 other painters and sculptors working between 1911 and 1959: Balthus, Butler, Carrington, Chagall, Delvaux, Derain, Dubuffet, Giacometti, Lam, MacIver, Magritte, Mason, Miró, and Tanguy. The subsequent installations, on view September 28, 2004, through January 30, 2005, and February 15 through June 26, 2005, respectively, add works by other painters and sculptors associated with Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse. Since works on paper are sensitive to light, the later installations also offer a different selection of drawings and original prints.


The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection
The Helen and Milton A. Kimmelman Gallery, Lila Acheson Wallace Wing, Modern Art, 1st floor

mit Balthus, Leonora Carrington, Marc Chagall, Paul Delvaux, André Derain, Jean Dubuffet, Alberto Giacometti, Wifredo Lam, René Magritte, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Yves Tanguy, u.a.