Flooding the Art Gallery with colour and energy, this free program of art, music, performance and community celebrates Matisse’s art as an inspiration, point of orientation and focus of dialogue for artists today.
The journey begins in the entrance court – now called the John Kaldor Family Hall – with a stunning display of works from our collection, inspired by Matisse’s distinct use of colour and form, on show until 6 February.
At the heart of Matisse Alive are four new artist projects, on lower level 2, that present contemporary perspectives on this ‘modern master’. Ranging from dynamic textile environments to heroically scaled paintings and an immersive video work, these projects are by leading contemporary artists: Nina Chanel Abney (US), FRAMILY TIES; Sally Smart (Australia), The Artist's House; Angela Tiatia (Sāmoa / Australia), The Pearl; and Robin White (Aotearoa NZ), VAIOLA.
Sullivan+Strumpf acknowledge the Indigenous People of this land, the traditional custodians on whose Country we work, live and learn. We pay respect to Elders, past and present, and recognise their continued connection to culture, land, waters and community.