From th 18th of December 2010 to the 27th of March 2011 – Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto

Modigliani has once again broken records ($61.5 million at Sotheby’s New York on 2 November 2010 for La Belle Romaine), thus confirming his status as a sure value among the giants of the XXth century. This infatuation concerns his paintings and his drawings, not so much his sculptures. We can all remember the discovery in 1984, in a canal in Livorno, of heads presumably sculpted by the artist. This affair devaluated this aspect of his work. Actually the heads had been produced with a Black & Decker drill by local jokers. Consequently we are invited to a prudent rediscovery by this exhibition at the MART, the museum of Trento and Rovereto. The sculptures correspond to a very precise period in Modigliani’s career, between 1911 and 1913, when he abandoned painting to dedicate himself to this art. His trials, inspired by medieval statuary, African art and Brancusi, would influence his later paintings. Only 25 heads have been identified to date by specialist Ambrogio Ceroni. We can see eight of them, well accompanied by sculptures by Picasso, Zadkine and Elie Nadelman, a Gouro mask from the Ivory Coast or Battista Sforza, by Francesco Laurana, a very refined bust from the Renaissance.

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