Henri Matisse exhibition is Tate’s most successful art show

22 September 2014

An exhibition of Henri Matisse’s cut-out art has become the most successful exhibition held to date at the Tate with more than 560,000 visitors.

The Tate Modern show was the first in its history to attract more than half a million people. ┬áMatisse: The Cut-Outs drew attention to the final part of the French artist’s career from 1937-54.

Sir Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate, said he was “delighted” at the show’s success. “The fact that the works have not been brought together for 40 years captured people’s imaginations,” he said.

The Henri Matisse exhibition opened on 17 April and came to a close on 7 September.

Previous record attendances for Tate attractions were for the Matisse Picasso show in 2002, which drew 467,166 people, followed by Damien Hirst’s 2012 exhibition which brought more than 463,000 visitors through its doors.

A live tour of the Matisse exhibition was also broadcast in some 200 cinemas around the UK and initially pulled in 15,000 people. A film of Matisse Live is due to be released in screening rooms around the world shortly.

In 1954, shortly before his death, Matisse along with the famous French lithographers Mourlot Freres, reinterpereted the cut-outs as original lithographs. A suite of 39 images was printed from the stone blocks at the Paris studios and we are pleased to have these available for sale.

Click here to view original lithographs by Henri Matisse