Museum hosts world-class exhibit


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One of the works on display at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is this 1935 oil-on-canvas painting by Henri Matisse titled “Le rêve,” or “The dream” in English, on loan from a Paris collection.


OKLAHOMA CITY — Time is limited to visit “Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris,” closing Sept. 18.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art or OKCMOA is the exclusive North American venue to host the exhibition and the only one outside Europe.

In response to unprecedented demand, OKCMOA has extended hours on select days:

· 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday,

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday,

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 11 and 18.

“This exhibition has been both an artistic success and a great hit with our audience,” said OKCMOA President and CEO E. Michael Whittington. “We’ve seen visitors from all over the world, including Canada, Australia, Brazil and Mexico, not to mention from across the nation and throughout Oklahoma.”

The exhibition includes 100 works of art, with more than 50 paintings, sculptures and works on paper by Henri Matisse, as well as masterworks by Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Georges Braque, André Derain, Fernand Léger and Amadeo Modigliani. The exhibition is organized from the collection of the Centre Pompidou, one of the world’s leading modern and contemporary art institutions.

Inasmuch Foundation made a grant in honor of its founder Edith Kinney Gaylord to bring the exhibition to OKCMOA. Gaylord created the Oklahoma City-based foundation in 1982.

In addition to the fine arts, the foundation supports education, health and human services and community enhancement initiatives that enrich the quality of life for Oklahomans.

“We’ve had such a positive response from the local community,” said Bob Ross, president and CEO of the Inasmuch Foundation. “We are dedicated to the betterment of people, communities and the neighborhoods in which we live, and this exhibition has done just that.”

Matisse is one of the most important artists of the 20th century and this exhibition showcases important works from each phase of his career. Matisse was the bridge between the Post-Impressionists and 20th century art and was responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture. His mastery of the expressive language of color and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning more than a half-century, won him universal recognition as a modern master.

Tickets for the extended hours can be purchased online at www.okcmoa.com, in person at the museum, or by calling 405-236-3100. There are still tickets available for these final few weeks of the exhibition. Tickets are sold in 15-minute increments with the last ticket sold one hour prior to closing. Adult tickets are $12 and include admission to the entire museum.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and a member of the American Art Museum Directors Association. It serves more than 135,000 visitors annually from all 50 states and 30 foreign countries, and presents exhibitions drawn from throughout the world.

The museum’s collection covers a period of five centuries with highlights in European and American art from the 19th and 20th centuries, a growing collection of contemporary art, and an extensive collection of glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly. The museum boasts a premiere repertory cinema, which screens some of the finest international, independent and classic films, and is home to the museum school, which offers classes for students of all ages as well as art camps for children.

Amenities include a museum store, a roof terrace, a museum cafe, and a full-service restaurant, offering lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, afternoon tea, a full bar and catering services. For more information visit okcmoa.com.

One of the works on display at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is this 1935 oil-on-canvas painting by Henri Matisse titled “Le rêve,” or “The dream” in English, on loan from a Paris collection.
http://press-leader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_Henri-Matisse.jpgOne of the works on display at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is this 1935 oil-on-canvas painting by Henri Matisse titled “Le rêve,” or “The dream” in English, on loan from a Paris collection.

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