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Making the Art Trek to MoMA Queens
Matisse Picasso" is the show everyone is talking
about. Some call it an intelligent look at the artistic exchange between
Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, others call it a tired competitive
bout. The show is on view at MoMA QNS, where it can be seen there
through May 19.
The exhibition traces the artistic dialogue between the two men over
the course of a nearly half-century relationship. It features 132
works in groupings that reveal the affinities and influences, as well
as the contrasts, between the artists. The show begins in 1906, with
self-portraits painted by the artists at the time of their meeting
in Paris and with works they exchanged soon after. It ends in 1961,
with sculpture by Picasso that paid tribute to Matisse, who died in
MoMA; Tate Modern, London; and the Reunion des musees nationaux in
Paris all collaborated on the exhibit, which has appeared at all three
venues. Eight paintings are unique to the MoMA exhibition, enabling
the curators to assemble fresh juxtapositions not seen in London or
For the duration of "Matisse Picasso," MoMA’s regular hours
will change to Monday, Thursday, and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last
ticket entry at 4 p.m.) Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (last
ticket entry at 7:30 p.m.). Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. On the following
Monday, March 24, April 21, and May 12, the museum will remain open
until 7:45 p.m. Beginning at 4 p.m., visitors can pay-what they-wish
on a first-come basis. Last ticket entry is 6:30 p.m. More information
about the show can be found at www.moma.org.
Admission: During the run of the exhibition, admission to the museum
will be by timed ticket only: The $20 ticket ($15.50 for students
and seniors) includes entry to Matisse Picasso and exhibitions of
works from MoMA’s collection. Tickets are timed for entry every 30
minutes. A limited number of same-day tickets may be available on
a first-come, first-served basis at MoMA QNS. Visitors are advised
to pre-order tickets to ensure entry to the Museum.
Advance tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster, 212-307-5577
or toll free 866-879-6662. (Ticketmaster surcharges apply). Advance
tickets can also be purchased in person at MoMA QNS, or the MoMA Design
Store, 53 Street, or the MoMA Design Store, 81 Spring Street in Soho.
The Queens Artlink is a free weekend shuttle to MoMA QNS and other
cultural attractions in Queens, with hourly departures Saturday and
Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. (last departure at 4 p.m.) from West 53
Street (between Fifth and Sixth avenues). The bus will make return
trips from MoMA QNS to Manhattan with hourly departures starting at
10:30 a.m. (last at 5:30 p.m.). Another bus travels from MoMA QNS
to P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and other Queens destinations. Call
212-708-9750 or visit www.queensartlink.org.
To reach MoMA/QNS by Subway: Take 7 Local train to 33 Street station
(about a 15-minute ride from Grand Central stop; note that the 7 Express
train does not stop near MoMA QNS.) As you exit at the 33 Street station,
MoMA QNS is directly ahead, across Queens Boulevard from the station.
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