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Amadeo Modigliani is one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. Photo: © Including almost 100 works, the exhibition in Tate Modern will re-evaluate this familiar figure, looking afresh at the experimentation that shaped his career.

- Meet the Italian artist whose iconic portraits captured the face of early twentieth century Paris.

LONDON. This autumn, Tate Modern will stage the most comprehensive Modigliani exhibition (23 November 2017 - 2 April 2018) ever held in the UK, bringing together a dazzling range of his iconic portraits, sculptures and the largest ever group of nudes to be shown in this country. Although he died tragically young, Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) was a ground-breaking artist who pushed the boundaries of the art of his time. Including almost 100 works, the exhibition will re-evaluate this familiar figure, looking afresh at the experimentation that shaped his career and made Modigliani one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, announced

‘Jeanne Hébuterne’ (1919), medium oil paint on canvas, 91.4 x 73 cm. Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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To do any work,
I must have a living person...
 I must be able to see him opposite me

Amedeo Modigliani

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A section devoted to Modigliani’s nudes, perhaps the best-known and most provocative of the artist’s works, will be a major highlight. In these striking canvases Modigliani invented shocking new compositions that modernised figurative painting. His explicit depictions also proved controversial and led to the police censoring his only solo lifetime exhibition, at Berthe Weill’s gallery in 1917, on the grounds of indecency. This group of 10 nudes will be the largest group ever seen in the UK, with paintings including Seated Nude (1917) from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, and Reclining Nude c.1919 (Museum of Modern Art, New York).

‘Beatrice Hastings’ (1915), oil on paper, 40 x 28.5 cm. Photo: © Private CollectionBorn in Livorno, Italy and working in Paris from 1906, Modigliani’s career was one of continual evolution. The exhibition begins with the artist’s arrival in Paris, exploring the creative environments and elements of popular culture that were central to his life and work. Inspired by the art of Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) and Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Modigliani began to experiment and develop his own distinctive visual language, seen in early canvases such as Bust of a Young Woman (1908) - today in Lille Métropole Musée d’Art Moderne, Villeneuve-d’Ascq, and The Beggar of Leghorn 1909 (Private Collection). His circle included poets, dealers, writers and musicians, many of whom posed for his portraits including Diego Rivera (1914) - Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Juan Gris (1915) - Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and Jean Cocteau (1916) - The Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation, Princeton University Art Museum. The exhibition will also reconsider the role of women in Modigliani’s practice, particularly poet and writer Beatrice Hastings (1879-1943). Hastings will be shown not simply as the artist’s muse, but as an important figure in the cultural landscape of the time, adds the Tate Modern’s website.

‘Reclining Nude’ (1919), oil on canvas, 72.4 x 116.5 cm. Photo: © Museum of Modern Art, New York

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I do not think
I have ever met a painter

who loved poetry so much

Ilya Ehrenburg (1891-1967)

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Modigliani will feature exceptional examples of the artist’s lesser-known work in sculpture, bringing together a substantial group of his Heads made before the First World War (1914-1918). Although the artist’s ill-health and poverty eventually dictated otherwise, he spent a short but intense period focusing on carving, influenced by contemporaries and friends including Constantin Brâncuși (1876-1957) and Jacob Epstein (1880-1959). For his wellbeing, Modigliani left Paris in 1918 for an extended period in the South of France. Here he adopted a more Mediterranean colour palette and, instead of his usual metropolitan sitters, he began painting local peasants and children such as Young Woman of the People 1918 (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and Boy with a Blue Jacket 1919 (Indianapolis Museum of Art).

‘The Little Peasant’ (c.1918); medium oil paint on canvas, 100 x 64.5 cm. Photo: © Tate, presented by Miss Jenny Blaker in memory of Hugh Blaker 1941* * *

The life of Modigliani, wandering artist,
so often resembles a legend it is difficult
to determine fact from fiction.

Arthur Pfannstiel (1901-1983)

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The exhibition will conclude with some of Modigliani’s best-known depictions of his closest circle. Friends and lovers provided him with much-needed financial and emotional support during his turbulent life while also serving as models. These included his dealer and close friend Léopold Zborowski (1889-1932) and his companion Anna (Hanka) Zborowska (1885-1978), and Jeanne Hébuterne (1898-1920), the mother of Modigliani’s child and one of the most important women in his life. When Modigliani died in 1920 from tubercular meningitis, Jeanne tragically committed suicide. Tate Modern will bring together several searching portraits of her from Modgliani’s final years, on loan from international collections such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, which depict her in a range of guises from young girl to mother.

‘Seated Nude’ (1917), oil paint on canvas, 114 x 74 cm. Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, Lukasart in Flanders. Photo credit: Hugo MaertensThe Exhibition Modigliani is curated by Nancy Ireson, Curator of International Art, Tate Modern and Simonetta Fraquelli, Independent Curator, with Emma Lewis, Assistant Curator. Visitors will be able to enjoy a new integrated virtual reality experience right in the heart of the exhibition. The virtual reality room will bring visitors closer into the artist’s world, enriching their understanding of his life and art. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue from Tate Publishing and a series of events in the gallery.

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Virtual Reality in Partnership with HTC VIVE. Supported by Maryam and Edward Eisler, with additional support from the Modigliani Exhibition Supporters Circle, Tate Patrons and Tate Members.

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Bankside, London SE1 9TG

23 November 2017 - 2 April 2018

Open daily 10.00 - 18.00
and until 22.00 on Friday and Saturday.

‘Juan Gris’ (1915), oil paint on canvas, 54.9 x 38.1 cm. Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York‘Head’ (c.1911), Medium Stone, 39.4 x 31.1 x 18.7 cm. Photo: Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Lois Orswell © President and Fellows of Harvard College

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