Must-See Boston Gallery Shows This Spring

Boston has a thriving arts community with many beautiful fine art and contemporary art museums. While many are worth visiting for their stunning permanent collections, several also have interesting rotating exhibits. Here are some of the best upcoming gallery shows happening this spring.

1. Matisse in the Studio (April 9–July 9, 2017)


1. Matisse in the Studio (April 9–July 9, 2017)
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Matisse in the Studio is coming to the Museum of Fine Arts. The show will focus on Henri Matisse’s personal collection of objects and offer insight into his revolutionary, creative mind. The exhibit will be broken down into five thematic sections: “The Object Is an Actor,” “The Nude,” “The Face,” “Studio as Theatre,” and “Essential Forms.” View Matisse’s paintings and drawings, as well as bronzes, cut-outs, prints, and an illustrated book. There will also be works from his studio collection including a chocolate maker that he gave as a wedding present as well as a pewter jug, vase, sculptures, and masks.

2. Club Americano (April 22–June 4, 2017)

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Club Americano, a one-room exhibition curated by Pablo Helguera, will explore historical and modern-day American identity. The project replicates 19th-century university clubs and gentlemen’s lounges and turn them into gathering places that welcome all people of all backgrounds to read, lounge, hold events, and view performances. The room will also have paintings and decorative arts from the MFA’s collection.

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