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Matisse Exhibition Draws Record Visitor Numbers to London's Tate

  • Reuters

An employee poses with a stained glass "Christmas Eve" (Nuit de Noel), part of an exhibition of paper cut outs - "Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs" - at the Tate Modern gallery in London, April 2014.

An employee poses with a stained glass "Christmas Eve" (Nuit de Noel), part of an exhibition of paper cut outs - "Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs" - at the Tate Modern gallery in London, April 2014.

An exhibition of paper cut-outs by the French artist Henri Matisse drew more than 560,000 visitors to London's Tate Modern, making it the most popular show ever mounted at the museum, the Tate said on Monday.

The cut-outs were works that Matisse created late in his career, and they were made with construction paper that he cut into shapes and mounted on canvas, wood or some other support.

“It is testament to the power and accessibility of Matisse's work that the exhibition has captured imaginations of visitors of all ages,” according to Tate Director Nicholas Serota.

The show will be staged next at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where it will be on view from Oct. 12 through Feb. 8.

It ran for almost five months in London and was the first exhibition at the Tate Modern, which is housed in a converted electrical-generating plant on the banks of the Thames, to attract more than half a million people.

Across its four sites, the Tate said it attracted 7.04 million visitors in the 2013-2014 season. It said Tate Modern retained its position as the most visited gallery of modern and contemporary art in the world with 4.8 million visitors.

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