Terra Foundation-supported Events

Exhibition: Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit

In the early 20th century, images of Inuit people became a source of fascination to the American and European public and artists alike, including French artist Henri Matisse (1869–1954) and his Surrealist contemporaries. The exhibition, Yua (a term from the Central Yup’ik language spoken in Alaska that means “parallel” and is also commonly understood as defining a spirit or soul), presents masks and drawings by Alaskan Natives alongside the work of Matisse. The exhibition explores the spiritual universe of Alaskan natives by reuniting 40 pairs of masks that have been apart since leaving their originating communities more than a century ago.

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