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Looking at Matisse Today

The Barnes Foundation will present an unprecedented symposium convening leading international scholars to share new research and re-examine the work and legacy of Henri Matisse, on October 13-15, 2016. Led by Sylvie Patry, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Barnes, Looking at Matisse Today: A Symposium will feature presentations and roundtable discussions with scholars, members of the Matisse family, and Barnes leadership. The Barnes Foundation holds one of the largest collections of Matisse’s work in the world; the symposium is part of the Foundation’s commitment to being a forum for the development of new scholarship, research, and education.

The symposium is accompanied by Matisse in the Barnes Foundation, a new three-volume study edited by Yve-Alain Bois, professor of Art History at the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. The publication offers new research on Matisse’s technique and detailed interpretative analysis of his work, as well as stories behind how Dr. Barnes came to acquire the works in the collection — including the monumental mural, The Dance, that he commissioned for the Foundation’s main gallery space.