South Africa – Matisse exhibition in Johannesburg (July 13)
Excerpts from the daily press briefing by Romain Nadal, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international Development spokesman (Paris, July 13th, 2016)
The first exhibition of the work of painter Henri Matisse on the African continent will open its doors today in Johannesburg.
Thanks to a partnership between Standard Bank South Africa, the country’s main commercial bank, the Embassy of France and the Institut français, this exhibition will provide the South African people with the opportunity to experience, free of charge, more than 80 works by the painter from July 13 to September 17. These works come from the Matisse Museum in Le Cateau-Cambresis (department of Nord), the Matisse Museum in Nice, private lenders and the painter’s family. This initiative is being supported by major French firms including Air France, Total and Air liquide.
This exceptional exhibition - following the state visit to France by South African President Jacob Zuma - reflects the dynamism of our relationship with South Africa in all areas.