ONE WEEK ABOUT Heritage by curator Frederike Huygen
The most beautiful, gorgeous, stunning objects in the Matisse exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum are the chasubles he designed in 1952 for the chapel in Vence. Their colours, shapes and patterns are a feast for the eye. The museum also shows an interesting and heartrending documentary film on the how and why of this chapel, for which Matisse designed anything: from windows to chalices. This total environment actually came about by accident and was the result of the special relationship between Matisse and a Domenican nun who took care of him. At the same time we can see chasubles and other rich and fabulously made liturgical vestments from earlier centuries at an exhibition in the Catharijneconvent in Utrecht.