Alain Godon at the Matisse Museum
“Matisse – Godon; New York – Tahiti; Architecture of Dreams”
14th October 2017 to 18th March 2018
The Matisse Departmental Museum of Le Cateau-Cambrésis regularly extends exhibition invitations to contemporary artists to reinject life into its own collections and to offer a resonating and contrasting perspective of the works of Matisse with Herbin, Miro, Chagall, Giacometti.
This year the museum has given Alain Godon free rein on the theme of and the importance of travel in Matisse’s work. Travel can come in different guises. There is of course physical travel, such as the trip from New York to Tahiti undertaken by Matisse in 1930, but it also extends to the pathways taken in his artistic journey and to excursions into his dream world, into “new cosmic spaces”. The trip to Tahiti, which underpins this exhibition, played a vital role in Matisse’s life, notably giving rise a few years later to the creation of his paper cut-outs.
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Alain Godon learned to draw at the side of his architect uncle in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region and then tried his luck on the streets of Paris as a graphic artist and proponent of street art. Continuing his pictorial journey to England and returning to France at the end of the eighties, he is developing a distinct affinity with urban architecture.
Such a big dreamer retaining a child’s view of the world, Alain Godon produces paintings that may appear simple but are in fact far more complex. They divulge a very individual universe, for those who plunge in, disclosing minute accounts of the quotidian, revealing a singular imagination shared with Matisse of the desire to bring joy and happiness.
Setting out to uncover a rite of passage undertaken 77 years earlier by the grand master, Henri Matisse, Godon too takes us with him into his “Architecture of Dreams”.
This exhibition wishes to acknowledge the support of the Département du Nord in making the Matisse Departmental Museum a privileged environment of discovery and encounter, opening its doors to the world and making a contribution to the region’s appeal.
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