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  • Writer's pictureJean-Christophe DIMINO

The summer exhibition in Cimiez, Nice

Updated: Jun 13, 2022

Dialogue between Henri Matisse and one of his living heirs, David Hockney.

It is the ochre lighthouse of the Cemenelum site. In the garden of the Cimiez arenas, the Matisse Museum is engaging this summer in an original dialogue between two great painters: David Hockney and Henri Matisse. Another way of looking at Matisse through the eyes of his contemporaries, and even his heirs.

The exhibition Hockney - Matisse. Un Paradis retrouvé opens with the most recent series Fresh Flowers, digital paintings on iPad screens made in Normandy, where the 84-year-old artist lives. The tour of the Matisse Museum's collections is thus guided by David Hockney's work in the form of a mirror effect. The Côte d'Azur joins California through the themes of the pool, the window and the lush garden.

The similarities between the work of David Hockney and Matisse become more disturbing from room to room. Line drawings, moving landscapes, inhabited bodies, and a common desire to embrace reality. The same taste for vivid colours is also present everywhere.

Seventy works by David Hockney are presented, dating from the 1960s to the present day. The works by David Hockney are from the artist's collection and that of the David Hockney Foundation, Los Angeles.

Hockney – Matisse. Un Paradis retrouvé, Musée Matisse jusqu'au 18 septembre 2022



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