Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum
Foregate Street, Worcester, WR1 1DT

Next Occurrence


12 Feb 2019


10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Matisse: Drawing with Scissors & Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes

2 February – 27 April 2019

This spring, two stunning exhibitions will combine to provide a spectacular, colourful show.

Matisse: Drawing with scissors

A Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition from the Southbank Centre, London

Henri Matisse was one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. His vibrant works are celebrated for their extraordinary richness and luminosity of colour and his spectacular paper cut-outs were his final triumph. This exhibition features 35 posthumous prints of the famous cut-outs that he produced in the last years of his life. It includes iconic images such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes.

Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes

A unique fabulous collection of costume and ephemera telling the stories of the Ballets Russes, the most spectacular and sometimes scandalous ballet company of the early 1900s. Never before seen together, the objects will pull visitors back to another era. Matisse was one of many artists commissioned to create costumes and scenery for the company, the exhibition also includes work by other great artists of the period including Dame Laura Knight.



  1. Louise Smedley-Hampson 2 February 2019 at 8:01 am - Reply

    I would like to see the ‘Ballets Russes’ exhibition but I will have to travel from some distance. How big is the exhibition and how long will it take to visit? My husband (great great nephew of Laura Knight but with no artistic talent) will drive me, then walk our dog, so I should like to have some indication of time. Many thanks.

  2. Isobel Bews 2 February 2019 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    I had a lovely time at the museum today. Both exhibitions were real treats and the cake was amazing.

  3. Louise Smedley-Hampson 5 February 2019 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Although the Ballets Russes exhibition occupies one and a half rooms, someone as keen on ballet as I am would need about an hour to look at the exhibits carefully. I was thrilled to see some of the items which were iconic in the history of ballet. Most of the material belonged to a private collector, with additional items on loan from other places. It is a blessing to have access to such wonderful items in the Midlands and I wish to thank the collector for sharing his treasures. The museum itself is pleasant with a balcony café and a little shop. Combining this exhibition with a visit to the great Cathedral and a riverside walk, made a most agreeable day out. For people travelling from further afield, perhaps for the weekend, another day could be spent in nearby Malvern.

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