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Societe Generale sponsors the exhibition Matisse - Bonnard. ,,Long...

Societe Generale sponsors the exhibition Matisse - Bonnard. ,,Long...

Société Générale is pleased to announce the sponsorship with the Städel Museum for the exhibition Matisse-Bonnard: “Long live painting!” to be seen in Frankfurt.


The large escaled exhibition will take place from 13 September 2017 to 14 January 2018. It addresses the friendship between Henri Matisse (1869–1954) and Pierre Bonnard (1867–1947), that lasted over 40 years, reflecting the respective contribution of the two artists to the classical modernism and also showing the importance of their relationship with respect to their own OEuvre. 
With around 100 paintings, sculptures and drawings, the high-carat show opens a dialogue between both artists and thus offers news perspectives regarding the development of the European avant-garde from the beginning of the 20th century up to the end of the Second World War. 
The intensive, very different confrontation with quite similar topics themes like interieur, still live, landscape and nude shows the intense communication of Matisse and Bonnard, which will be presented in several chapters. 
Guido Zoeller, Group Country Head of Germany & Austria, Societe Generale, says: „As one of the leading commercial banks in France with a strong presence in the German speaking area we are very pleased to significantly contribute as a sponsor partner to the successful realisation of this ambitious project and to show at the same time our cultural commitment.”  
Philipp Demandt, Director Städel Museum: “The artist friends Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard were already well known far beyond the borders of France during their lifetime. We are very happy that thanks to the early support granted by our sponsor partner, Société Générale, we were able - for the first time in a German museum - to collect so many important works of these two artists from globally renowned lenders and present them to the public during our major exhibition in the autumn.”