The largest and most comprehensive UK retrospective of Modigliani’s works is coming to Tate Modern this November.
Amadeo Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable pictorial style and produced some of the most memorable art of the early 20th Century. During his short lifetime Modigliani sold little but after his death in 1920 his reputation and the price of his works soared, with some of the artworks breaking sales records at auctions in recent years.
While the ‘Reclining Nude’, the most expensive piece sold at a New York auction back in 2015 will not be exhibited, the show will bring together 12 of the famous nudes, including ‘A Seated Nude’ of 1917, which the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp is breaking its own rules to loan so that it can be seen among its sisters. These sensuous works proved controversial when they were first shown in 1917, leading police to censor his only ever solo exhibition on the grounds of indecency.
The blockbuster show will present over 100 artworks including Modigliani’s lesser-known but radical and thought-provoking sculptures, as well as portraits of his friends, lovers and supporters, including Pablo Picasso, Constantin Brancusi and his partner Jeanne Hébuterne. While viewing the works, visitors will also be able to immerse themselves into a virtual reality experience, created by HTC Vive, and enter the world of early 20th century Paris.
23 November 2017 – 2 April 2018