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Modern Masters Matisse and Picasso return to the Art Institute of Chicago

You will once again be able to contemplate the variations in Henri Matisse’s “Bathers by a River” and Pablo Picasso's remarkable “Blue Period" example of “The Old Guitarist.”

The Modern Wing's atrium features natural light through architect Renzo Piano's "flying carpet" canopy.
The Modern Wing's atrium features natural light through architect Renzo Piano's "flying carpet" canopy.
Jodie Jacobs
Some favorite Modern Masters are back in Chicago
Some favorite Modern Masters are back in Chicago
Jodie Jacobs

Those longtime Art Institute of Chicago’s popular paintings and other Modern Masters will be back on the third floor of the Modern Wing, April 18 (members preview April 16-17). They had left the Art Institute while their section of the Modern Wing was undergoing freshening.

Their temporary home was the recently opened addition to the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX. It was simpatico with the Modern Wing. because both were designed with natural light in mind by famed architect Renzo Piano.

The works are currently being unpacked and repositioned with some pieces looked at from a conservancy and appropriate frame point of view.

In addition, visitors will see explanation labels in the Modern Masters galleries and can download a new, free app called "Closer" that will have audio, visual and slideshow content. Both are part of a museum initiative to connect art and visitors by providing in-depth information, according to Interpretation Chairperson Erin Hogan.

"We've discovered that having more information about art really improves the quality of someone's experience at the museum," Hogan said. "We have developed a large, dynamic and informative timeline of milestones in history and art history from 1900 to 1950 and broadened our approach to select wall labels in the galleries to demonstrate how those works are emblematic of larger movements in the history of modern art."

Details: Art Institute of Chicago, 111S. Michigan Ave., Chicago,IL60603. For more information call 312-443-3600 and visit Art Institute of Chicago.