The Matisse Departmental Museum of Le Cateau-Cambrésis regularly extends exhibition invitations to contemporary artists to reinject life into its own collections and to offer a resonating and contrasting perspective of the works of Matisse with Herbin, Miro, Chagall, Giacometti. This year the museum has given Alain Godon free rein on the theme of and the importance of travel in Matisse’s work. Travel can come in different guises. There is of course physical travel, such as the trip from New York to Tahiti undertaken by Matisse in 1930, but it also extends to the pathways taken in his artistic journey and to excursions into his dream world, into “new cosmic spaces”. The trip to Tahiti, which underpins this exhibition, played a vital role in Matisse’s life, notably giving rise a few years later to the creation of his paper cut-outs.