After three years of extensive research, conservation and restoration, the remarkable project featuring Henri Matisse’s work "Acanthes" was successfully concluded in 2012.
"Acanthes" (1953) is a major work from the series of large-format "papiers découpés" ("paper cut-outs") by Henri Matisse, who, alongside Pablo Picasso, ranks among the foremost Modernist artists.
Thanks to the support from Nationale Suisse, the Fondation Beyeler was able to acquire important research findings that made the necessary conservation measures possible. We are pleased to have made a key work by Matisse accessible to you again through this project, of important to the entire art world: The newly framed work is taking up a prominent position at the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen.
Despite its huge size of 311 x 250.5 cm, "Acanthes" appears light. The complex arrangement and painting technique consists of multiple layers of wood, canvas, various papers and paints. The different materials are subject to differing ageing processes, which made the restoration task so challenging.
More about this truly grand work and the conservation work are to be found under acanthes.fondationbeyeler.ch.