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September 23, 2008updated Feb 07, 2013

The Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey Debuts Matisse: Shapes In Nature As The Latest Installment For Its Rotating Art Exhibit

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

MARINA DEL REY, CA – On the heels of the celebrated Picasso exhibit, The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey has just unveiled its latest installment, Matisse: Shapes in Nature, in a presentation by The Institute for Works on Paper (IWP), a leader in world-class custom fine art exhibits. Over the next few months, both guests and art enthusiasts are encouraged to explore an alternative to museums and enjoy Henri Matisse’s bold and captivating works of art in the enchanting ambience of the Lobby Lounge’s Salon d’art.

“It is an honor and privilege to have such brilliant modern masterpieces showcased within our halls. Both Picasso and Matisse are highly influential and renowned modernist artists and we hope to share this memorable experience with fellow art enthusiasts,” said The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey’s General Manager, Robert Thomas. Michelle Hyun, Gallery Director of WIP adds, “The Salon d’art is an environment that provides a sense of decorum in which people can interact with art on another level as opposed to the passive viewing encounters commonly found in museums.”

Channeling the Post-Impressionists and Fauvists era in post-war France, Matisse’s masterpieces transcend beyond the object and into a new realm of expression. The abstract form of the natural world is portrayed through signs, symbols, arabesques and pure colors. Categorized into the Jazz, Chapelle de Vence and Cut-Outs Series, Matisse: Shapes in Nature emulates the silhouettes, figments and clues of the natural surroundings of the 1940s and 50s. Created using innovative mediums of printmaking, such as pochoir and lithography, the works have been reproduced through the finest printing techniques with the original plates and stencils.

Matisse’s Jazz illustrations depict the early 1940s through the artist’s eyes by reducing the world into shapes. The Chappelle de Vence series of pochoirs, designed in 1950, commemorate Matisse’s celebrated design of the Chapel of the Rosary of the Dominican Sisters of Vence, which encompasses the imagery of stained glass windows and the dress worn by the bishops and clergy during religious holidays. Lastly, the Cut-Outs series memorializes the last few years of his life during which time he, along with the aid of assistants, gave way to some of his most popular images alluding to stars, leaves and his celebratory mood.

The Rotating Art Exhibit at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey showcases a themed variety of work from the IWP’s extensive collection of art on paper. Rotating every few months, the exhibit is located in the luxurious Lobby Lounge and offers both guests and art enthusiasts an innovative approach to connoisseurship, as well as captivates the senses and creates a truly memorable experience. An on-site Educational Art Advisor is available upon advanced request for assistance. Art is available for purchase through silent auction and is on display at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey until December 23rd. For more information on Salon d’art events, please visit

The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, the only waterfront AAA Five Diamond property in Los Angeles, offers guests an elegantly hip location with city and sand just minutes away. The hotel is conveniently situated five miles from Los Angeles International Airport and minutes to Venice Beach , Santa Monica , Hollywood and Beverly Hills. The hotel features include 304 award-winning rooms and suites, acclaimed Jer-Ne Restaurant + Bar, poolside dining at Wave restaurant and the newly opened Ritz-Carlton, Spa which is open to hotel guests, local residents and out-of-town visitors. For more information and reservations, call toll-free at 800-241-3333, the hotel directly at 310-823-1700 or access The Ritz-Carlton Web site at

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