PHOENIX | Museum spotlights connection between Matisse, Alaska Natives

PHOENIX | Museum spotlights connection between Matisse, Alaska Natives

PHOENIX  — Nearly 64 years after his death, Henri Matisse has become one of the few non-Native Americans to have an exhibition at a Phoenix museum dedicated to Native American culture.

The little-known intersection of one of the 20th century’s greatest artists and Inuit people in the Arctic region is at the heart of a show opening Monday at the Heard Museum.

“It’s a story I didn’t know much about until 1998 when I became friendly with a member of the Matisse family,” said museum director David Roche.

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