LPCA Presents Exhibition OnScreen: Matisse from Tate Modern and MoMA

Lake Placid, NY: The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) will present Exhibition OnScreen: Matisse from Tate Modern to MoMA on Saturday, June 11 at 7:00 PM and A View From the Bridge on Friday, June 13 at 1:00 PM.  Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for students.  Tickets are available by calling the LPCA Box Office at 518.523.2512 or online at www.lakeplacidarts.org.

About Matisse from Tate Modern to MoMA
A prima ballerina and a jazz legend are set to join those bringing Matisse’s joyous cut-outs to life in a cinema celebration of the sell-out Tate Modern, London and recently opened MoMA exhibition in New York. Studied in schools and beloved by all ages, Matisse from Tate Modern and MoMA celebrates the life and work of one of the true giants of modern art.

In Matisse from Tate Modern and MoMA, the camera takes viewers on an intimate, behind-the-scenes tour of Tate Modern’s critically acclaimed exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs and includes exclusive new material filmed at MoMA, revealing their long and fascinating relationship with Matisse and giving cinema audiences an inside view of their preparations for the exhibition which opened in October.

Featuring interviews with experts, including Tate Director Nicholas Serota and MoMA director Glenn Lowry, along with friends and relatives of Matisse, the film also includes rare archive footage of him at work. Acclaimed British actor Simon Russell Beale brings insight and emotion to the words of Henri Matisse himself, while actor Rupert Young (Merlin) narrates.

Unseen by visitors to the exhibition itself, cinema audiences will also enjoy breathtaking musical and dance performances inspired by Matisse's cut-outs. Six years after he had been diagnosed with cancer, Matisse published Jazz, a limited-edition book containing prints of his cut-out collages. The book and its title signified that, although the artist was nearing the end of his life, he was very much a man moving with the times. He compared the improvisational rhythms of jazz to his own way of working in making his cut-outs. Invoking the golden age of Bebop and jazz greats such as Charlie Parker, the celebrated British musician Courtney Pine has created a very personal, new piece especially for the film, which is performed with a trio of drums, double bass and saxophone from Tate Modern.

Dance also fascinated and captivated Matisse, inspiring one of his most famous compositions, The Dance 1909, showing five figures dancing in a circle. In 1937, inspired by Leonide Massine, the choreographer with Ballet Russes, Matisse designed the scenery and costumes for a ballet based on Shostakovich’s Symphony No.1. World famous choreographer Will Tuckett has created a response to Matisse's 'Dance' cut-outs with Royal Ballet principal dancer, Zenaida Yanowsky. Their brand new dance piece reflects the colours, dynamism and freedom of the cut-outs, and, fittingly, is set to Shostakovich’s music.

Director Phil Grabsky says “Matisse from Tate Modern and MoMA offers international audiences the chance to see this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. For those lucky enough to see it in London or New York, it also offers a wealth of additional insights and exclusive new content, presented in our trademark entertaining and accessible style.”

Matisse from Tate Modern and MoMA is directed by Phil Grabsky, produced by Seventh Art for EXHIBITION ON SCREEN, and distributed worldwide by Arts Alliance. Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs is a collaboration between Tate Modern and MoMA.

About the LPCA
Nestled in an Olympic village, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts is a year-round treasure to residents and visitors of the Adirondacks and is the premier art and cultural hub of the region. Orchestrating quality programming, performances, rotating art exhibitions, and education experiences to residences and visitors alike, the LPCA provides an ensemble of offerings in music, theatre and dance, and supports local, regional and national artists in its Fine Arts Gallery. At the heart of this hub is hands-on learning experiences for children exploring their creativity and adults finding new passions. As a leading organization, the LPCA collaborates with other Adirondack non-profit partners to build, support and cultivate the arts community. Inspiring excellence in the arts for generations, the LPCA continues to thrive today at its unique and captivating Lake Placid campus.

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Lake Placid Center for the Arts

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts is a year-round performing and visual Arts Facility.  Located in the Adirondack Park of Northern New York, the LPCA consistently presents arts of the highest caliber in music, dance and theatre performances, film exhibitions and visual arts presentations. 

In addition, the Arts Center provides special arts-in education programs, workshops and residencies for aspiring and renowned artists.

The Arts Center is the home of the Lake Placid School of Ballet, LPCA Children's Theatre, Community Theatre Players, as well as the Summer home of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta.

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