A contemporary artist of international renown, Alain Godon (Bourges, 1964) has been given carte blanche at the Musée Départemental Matisse to focus on the founding journey made by Matisse in 1930 from New York to Tahiti and to draw us into his colourful and joyful universe. This re-appropriation of Matisse’s journey, his discovery of New York, its architecture and then Polynesia, is paralleled by a questioning of the notion of the term “journey” itself and its different meanings.
With paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and installations made especially for the exhibition, Alain Godon offers us works which, although they can be immediately understood, are in fact far more complex, unveiling a unique universe that for those who take the time to look deeper is home to tales of everyday life. Using the same singular imagination he shares with Matisse, Godon reveals his desire to bring joy and happiness into his work.
Cateau-Cambrésis, Musée Matisse, October 2017 - March 2018