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from 03 October 2014 to 15 February 2015
Pisa, Palazzo Blu

Amedeo Modigliani

Amedeo Modigliani, Gaston Modot, 1918 © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI / Georges Meguerditchian / Dist. RMN - GP

Few men have have equaled Modigliani as the embodiment of the romantic myth of the artist as a transgressive genius. “Modì”: accursed and licentious, the handsome dandy with so many lovers, the misunderstood genius who sought solace in wine and absinthe and lived a brief but intense, drammatic, and memorable life.
On display in the atmospheric rooms of Palazzo Blu in Pisa, a large number of carefully selected works – from the Centre Pompidou and the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, together with superb masterpieces from the most important private collections – will recreate the cultural climate in which Modigliani’s extraordinary artistic adventure unfolded: from his formative years in Livorno to his move to Paris in 1906, in a constant and restless quest for novelty.
It was in the Paris of avant-garde culture and the Fauves, among friends such as Chagall, Jacob, Braque, and Jean Cocteau and heavily influenced by Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Cézanne, that the licentious artist and tombeur de femmes developed his mature poetics.
In addition to Modì’s works, the exhibition will also display great masterpieces by artists who were his contemporaries and fellow adventurers in Montparnesse, including Soutine, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, and Fernand Léger, as well as Utrillo, Suzanne Valadon, André Derain, Dufy, Juan Gris, and Gino Severini.
Completing the exhibition are a selection of sculptures by Modigliani and other great sculptors of his time, like the famous Constantin Brancusi, as well as an exceptional series of photographs taken by Brancusi himself. The exhibition is curated by Jean Michel Bouhours, a prominent Modigliani scholar and curator of the department of modern collections at the Centre Pompidou.
In concurrence with the exhibition at Palazzo Blu, the Museo Nazionale di San Matteo will host “Fake Modiglianis”, an exhibition curated by the Director of the Museo Nazionale di San Matteo, Dario Matteoni, and Paola Raffaella David, Head of the Department of Architectural, Landscape, Historical, Artistic, and Ethno-anthropological Assets of Pisa and Livorno Provinces. The exhibition includes three sculptures of heads erroneously attributed to Modigliani and represents a unique opportunity to have a close look at these famous fakes.