At the Tate Modern, All the Genius of Modigliani

Enigmatic and sensual nudes, hieratic faces with cutting looks, rare sculpted heads: a 360 degree portrait of the one of the 1900s’ greatest stars. The only exhibition of his work during Amedeo Modigliani’s life was closed a few hours after its inauguration because of nudes that were deemed to be scandalous. Today, these same paintings are among the most beloved works of art in the world. At the Tate Modern, a powerful exhibition celebrates the tormented genius of the Italian artist, a bohemian with a disorderly life and revolutionary inventor of a style destined to remain emblazoned on the minds of all. Almost 100 works including canvases and sculptures offer an opportunity to get to know the art and existence Modigliani. Not to be missed, an entire section dedicated to nudes, in Great Britain there has never been such a gathering before: among the 10 masterpieces, iconic works such as the Nude Reclining on loan from the MoMa in New York. A series of portraits - the favourite genre of the painter - sheds light on the company that the artist kept. Among the mysterious, penetrating faces of the models, recognisable are the merchant Léopold Zborosky, writer and muse Beatrice Hastings, companions Hanka and Jeanne Hébuterne, artists Jean Cocteau, Juan Gris and Diego Rivera. In the background, the incredible atmospheres of Montparnasse on the eve of the outbreak of the First World War. And finally, a look at his sculpture with the important group Teste, witness to the passion Modigliani for this art form and an important way of understanding his painting even better.
Francesca Grego - © 2017 for Bulgari Hotel London