Free Shuttle Service to Matisse Exhibition

All roads lead to the Matisse exhibition with a Standard Bank Art sponsored Shuttle Service

Henri Matisse: Rhythm and Meaning is the much anticipated Matisse exhibition which 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. 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.

Joining forces with the ever so popular First Thursdays on 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 screening will take place at The Bioscope, in Maboneng, on Sunday 21 August, at 15h00, but pre-bookings have to be made on http://www.thebioscope.co.za/.

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, the wide-ranging Matisse 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 Matisse exhibition’s title draws from Henri Matisse’s pronouncement that “jazz is rhythm and meaning”.

Patrons can also enjoy the Matisse 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 19, 24, 26 and 31 August; and 1, 7, 9, 14 and 16 September.

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