Henri Matisse: Acanthes. Conservation Project

http://www.vernissage.tv | Fondation Beyeler's Acanthes Conservation Project 2009 - 2012 is an extensive investigation and conservation project that focuses on French artist Henri Matisse's Acanthes. Acanthes was created by Henri Matisse in 1953. It's a major work from the series of large-format "papiers decoupes". Since March 30, 2010, the museum visitors have the opportunity to observe the conservation process in a room specially equipped for this purpose.

The papiers découpés are very special "paintings" as they consist of numerous layers. They are at the same time drawings (the establishment of contours), paintings (the composition of colored paper shapes), and sculptures (the cutting of the paper). With the papier découpés Matisse developed an entirely new form of expression -- at the end of his life!

The above video is an excerpt of a 40 Min. long interview with the conservators of the Acanthes Conservation Project 2009 - 2012

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