From June 21 to November 24, 2013 – Fondation Pierre Gianadda
The exhibition will feature approximately 80 works from the collections of the Centre Pompidou and supplemented by loans from 17 loans of private Collections and Swiss and foreign museums. These masterpieces, many of which never or rarely left the Institution, are presented as both iconic portraits and nudes by Modigliani, as well as works of the leading figures of the School of Paris, who were his friends and sometimes its inspirers.
This exhibition focuses on the development of the work of Amedeo Modigliani (1884 – 1920) after his arrival in Paris in 1906 until his death in 1920 it also focuses especially on the friendship between Modigliani and Constantin Brancusi. The young Modigliani is indeed very quickly captivated by the unique and radical character of the Romanian sculptor whose will to truth and counting inspire his search for “wholeness.” An entire room of the exhibition is devoted to sculptures of these two artists and their modernist friends, Jacques Lipchitz, Henri Laurens and Ossip Zadkine.
Exposed also is of course the best artists of the School of Paris painters and sculptors who came most from Central Europe, which have made Paris the main focus of artistic creation of the moment and an international capital of the avant-garde. The works of these artists arrived in France at the beginning of XX century, such as Chaim Soutine, Jules Pascin, Marc Chagall, Moïse Kisling, convey different aesthetics, marked by Expressionism and inspired by their local popular culture primitivism.
Modigliani showed his independence and lack of parochialism by the diversity of his friends, met in its workshops of Montmartre and then Montparnasse: Suzanne Valadon and her son, Maurice Utrillo, André Utter, Jules Pascin, Gino Severini, Constantin Brancusi, Amadeo de Souza Cardoso, Max Jacob, Jacques Lipchitz, Ossip Zadkine, Moïse Kisling, Chaim Soutine, Georges Kars, Marc Chagall, DiegoRivera, André Derain, Ortiz de Zarate, Pablo Picasso they all created the environment in which he was operating.