All roads lead to Henri Matisse | Rhythm and Meaning exhibition

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 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 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


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.

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.


Notes to Editors :

Henri Matisse|Rhythm and Meaning is presented by Standard Bank in partnership with the Embassy of France in South Africa and the French Institute of South Africa, and with the support of the Musée départemental Matisse du Cateau-Cambrésis, Air France, Total and Air Liquide.

The Standard Bank Gallery – located on the corner of Simmonds and Frederick streets in central Johannesburg – offers free, safe undercover parking. The gallery hours will be extended for the duration of the Henri Matisse|Rhythm and Meaning exhibition : Mondays to Fridays from 8am to 4.30pm, and Saturdays from 9am to 4pm. Admission to the exhibition is free.

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About Standard Bank Arts

The arts in Africa are a powerful expression of our creativity and play an integral part in generating a positive narrative with a global impact. It’s upon this narrative that Standard Bank has established its mandate - supporting a wide range of initiatives to both nurture young talent and showcase the rich diversity of our creative arts. Standard Bank’s commitment to investing across the arts spectrum on the continent represents a 30-year legacy and the company is proud to provide ongoing support for a variety of key projects, which have evolved into highlights across the South African and African cultural calendar.

Press release from Total Exposure

publie le 23/08/2016

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