The Heard Museum To Host “Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit” Exhibit

On Monday, The Heard Museum in Phoenix will open its “Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit” exhibit.

Included within the exhibit will be a pairing of pieces from French artist Henri Matisse and his son-in-law’s collection of Native Alaskan masks that served as a source of inspiration.

This exhibit will also mark the first time that the masks have been reunited in over 100 years, as the masks have been separated over time despite often being made in pairs.

“The Heard Museum is honored to show these rarely seen works by Matisse and to share this extraordinary story with our visitors,” Heard Museum director and CEO David M. Roche, said Thursday in a news release.

The news release also stated that this collection of art was based in Matisse’s interest in Inuit spirituality over the last decade of his life.

“Of particular significance to us is the effort this story inspired to reunite pairs of Yup’ik masks that, due to a variety of circumstances, have been separated by time and great distances,” Roche said. “It’s a thrilling and emotional experience to see them together again and advancing this type of scholarship is central to our mission.” 

The exhibit will run through Feb. 3 and in an effort to help children learn about the exhibit, will also feature a mascot named Henri the Husky.

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