Amedeo Modigliani was born in Livorno in July 1884. This new exhibition, just opened at Livorno's Museo della Città celebrates, as Marc Restellini, the curator describes it, Modigliani's 'return home.'
The exhibition brings together 12 works, which we have arranged the loan of, from the Paul Alexandre collection, one of Modigliani's first major patrons in Paris when he arrived there in 1906. A further 14 works from the Jonas Netter collection, another major patron to Modigiliani from 1915 onwards, will also be on show. Together they represent an important and beautiful selection of Modigliani's work, seen for the first time in the native city in which he was born.
They are joined by over 100 other masterpieces of the École de Paris; paintings by great protagonists of the time, such as: Suzanne Valadon, Maurice Utrillo, Andre Derain, Maurice de Vlaminck, Mose Kisling, Cham Soutine. All artists that Modigliani knew and with whom he shared large tracts of his journey. The exhibition also looks onto the next generation, with important works by artists such as Isaac Antcher, Eugne biche, Jean Hlion, Jan Waclaw Zawadowski, Henri Hayden, Pinchus Krmgne, Marcel Gaillard and several others who provided works to Netter and Alexandre in the 1920s and 30s.
This exhibition, of historic value for the city of Livorno, has been organized by the Comune di Livorno in collaboration with Institut Restellini and with the participation of the Fondazione Livorno.
Curated by Marc Restellini in conjunction with Sergio Risaliti, the show offers a unique opportunity to place Modigliani amidst the world of artists he inhabited and with whom he suffereed and laughed alongside of.