‘Modigliani Up Close’ To Highlight Artist’s Working Methods

An extensive exhibition designed to share new insights into Amedeo Modigliani’s working methods and materials will be presented in the autumn by the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.

“Modigliani Up Close,” organized and curated by an international team of art historians and conservators, and scheduled in celebration of the foundation’s centennial, will be on view from October 16, 2022, through January 29, 2023.

“We are pleased to present this major exhibition that offers a detailed investigation of Modigliani’s unique style,” Thom Collins, executive director and president of the Barnes Foundation, said in a statement. “Stemming from a multiyear, global research effort, the show has brought the international art community together to create a collaborative vision of the artist’s practice, leaving a lasting legacy for future Modigliani scholarship.”

Many presentations have set out to reunite Modigliani’s paintings, sculptures, and drawings, but “Modigliani Up Close,” the curators said, offers an unparalleled opportunity “to examine their production and explore how Modigliani constructed and composed his signature works.” The exhibition will highlight new scholarship that builds on earlier research and “furthers understanding of Modigliani’s approach to his art, refines a chronology of his paintings and sculptures, and helps to establish the locations and circumstances of where he worked.”

The Barnes collection, Collins added, “is home to 16 works by the artist, one of the largest and most important groups of the artist’s works in the world, and the project provided a unique opportunity to fully explore their significance.”

The show, organized into thematic groupings, will feature art works from the Barnes Foundation and major public and private collections around the world. Paintings and sculptures will be showcased alongside new findings by conservators and conservation scientists that have resulted from the technical research using analytical techniques, like X-radiography, infrared reflectography, and X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy.

The show will be accompanied by a catalog; Barnes Focus, a mobile guide; and a series of special events, programs, and educational opportunities (onsite, online and hybrid). The School of Paris, an online course, for example, explores the lives and work of the artists in the first half of the 20th century – known collectively as the School of Paris – including Modigliani, Soutine, Chagall, Pascin, and Lipchitz.

“’Modigliani Up Close’ offers an unrivaled opportunity to understand how the artist made his iconic paintings and sculptures,” Nancy Ireson, deputy director for collections and exhibitions & Gund Family chief curator at the Barnes, said in a statement.

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