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Careers The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation is a grant making organization that believes in the life-changing power of the arts. The Foundation endeavors to achieve equal opportunities of inclusion in the arts by funding community-based organizations and institutions that celebrate the creation, education and performance of art in New York City. The Pierre and […]

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Loans and Permissions

Loans and Permissions The Foundation cooperates with specialists when its holdings can make a meaningful contribution to publications and exhibitions. To discuss projects that might include works from the Foundation’s collection, please write to us at:

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions Americas New York, Kasmin Gallery, Matisse in Black and White, 2020 New York, DiDonna Galleries, The Life of Forms, 2018 New York, Luxembourg and Dayan, Intimate Immensity: Alberto Giacometti Sculptures, 1935-1945, 2018 New York, Miriam and Ira Wallach Art Gallery, Posing Modernity: The Black Muse from Manet to Matisse and Beyond, 2018 Boston, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine […]

Selected Past Grantees

Selected Past Grantees Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, New York, NY American Federation of the Arts, New York, NY The Aspen Institute, Washington, DC Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD Battery Dance, New York, NY Bronx Charter School, Bronx, NY Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Arts Council, […]

Selected Grantees

Selected Grantees 2023 826NYC, Brooklyn, NY A grant was awarded to support Write After School, Write Away and the Teen Writers Collective after school programs in arts and creative writing. Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, New York, NY A grant was awarded to support the Latin Jazz Academy of Music program to engage youth in NYC […]


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Press December 10, 2020. “The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Establishes $1M UNCF Scholarship Program | UNCF” (UNCF press release). January 28, 2011. Joseph De Avila, “Legal Assistance for New Artists” (The Wall Street Journal). February 27, 2003. Carol Vogel, “Met Gets Gift of 100 Works Collected by Son of Matisse” (New York Times). April 22, 2001. […]


Board of Directors & Staff Board Members Olivier Bernier, SecretaryAlexandra Farkas, TreasurerDavid H. Horowitz, President Emeriti Janos Farkas, VP and Secretary EmeritusRobert H. Horowitz, President EmeritusEugene V. Thaw† , Vice President Emeritus † – deceased Staff Alessandra Carnielli, Chief Executive OfficerAnxhelina Prenika, Accounting and Administration ManagerLinda Azarian, Administrative AssistantLisa Gutting, Senior Arts Education Program OfficerVera Mshana, […]

History of the collection

History of the Collection Pierre Matisse grew up in a household rich with art, and the collection he developed with Tana is one of their greatest legacies.  Masterpieces by Pierre’s famous father provided the collection’s core, along with outstanding examples of works by artists associated with his gallery. An important part of this collection was […]