With over 100 works generously loaned from 30 collections, the Stedelijk Museum presents The Oasis of Matisse to open next Spring. For the first time in over sixty years, the work of the French master will be on view in the Netherlands. Never before have so many of his works been on show in this country. The Stedelijk has conceived a unique exhibition in that the permanent collection on the museum’s ground floor will be enriched with a selection of Henri Matisse’s (1868-1854) classic pieces, creating surprising combinations with the work of his contemporaries, teachers, and followers. Both the work of one of the most important artists of the twentieth century as well as other artists can be seen in a new light, and visitors will be able to encounter Matisse’s art at every stage of his artistic development.