TAMPA — Henri Matisse will be the star of the Tampa Museum of Art's first exhibition season, but the art filling its other galleries on the downtown riverfront will be a worthy supporting cast.
Todd Smith, the museum's director, announced the complete schedule Monday, from opening day on Feb. 5 through 2011.
The most noteworthy exhibition, "A Celebration of Matisse," with 170 prints, paintings and sculptures by the 20th century great, will occupy the 5,000-square-foot special exhibitions space from opening day through April 18.
The remaining galleries, also on the second floor, will rotate works from its permanent collections and from collections on loan.
One gallery will be devoted to the museum's Greek and Roman antiquities and another to its works on paper, including photography.
Two more galleries in the first year will feature 20th century abstract paintings from the huge Bank of America collection and contemporary works from the Martin Z. Margulies Collection, a famous — and famously edgy — collection in Miami.
In 2011, the museum will continue its mix of art dating from the 19th into the 21st century, Smith said, as well as spotlighting its antiquities. Hours and admission prices have not yet been determined, he added.
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