Vik Muniz

Bouquet, after Henri Matisse, 2005

Chromogenic print mounted on aluminum
254 × 183 cm

The work from ‘Pictures of magazines’ series is an appropriation of painting by the French artist Henri Matisse.

“What I’ve been doing in this series of works is mimicking the mental inability to piece together those bits of information that make us know someone through the media, by literally composing paintings at different levels from confetti-sized bits of paper punched out from magazines.” – Vik Muniz

The motif of Matisse ‘Bouquet of mixed flowers’, made in 1917, is simple and eternal: a bouquet of fresh flowers stands on a table, a source of joy and a means of decorating an interior. Matisse took a direct impression of nature as his starting point, but from it he created a whole new world with its own laws rather than a copy of reality. Making use of color’s own objective potential, Matisse contrasted flat areas of color, building up not only a harmonious whole but an effect of space.


Vik Muniz. Moscow House of Photography: Nov – Dec 2007
Vik Muniz. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow. June – Oct 2018


Vik Muniz. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, 2007. page 98

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