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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

1954.

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

Paris.

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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