Art and Design

Modigliani's Heads

One of the Greatest Hoaxes in the History of Italian Art

The False Heads on display in 1984The False Heads on display in 1984In 1909 artist Amedeo Modigliani left Livorno for Paris, embittered by the negative reviews he had received from art critics and fellow citizens. The story goes that someone even advised him to throw his sculptures away, they were worth so little, and at this Modigliani tossed some of his carved busts into Livorno's Fosso Reale canal near his home

Scuola Labronica

Scorcio di Ardenza con figure, by Cafiero Filipelli, one of the Scuola Labronica artists: source: www.artnet.comScorcio di Ardenza con figure, by Cafiero Filipelli, one of the Scuola Labronica artists: source: www.artnet.comThe Scuola Labronica was a group of 18 Italian artists, all born in or around Livorno. It was officially founded in 1920, though its members had met regularly at the Caffè Bardi, in the centre of Livorno, since 1908. It continued until about 1950.

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Beyond Painting, beyond the Macchiaioli

Bottini dell'Olio - ideal exhibition space, too infrequently used: an exhibition held in May 2010Bottini dell'Olio - ideal exhibition space, too infrequently used: an exhibition held in May 201011th January 2011 Talk to any of Livorno's many talented contemporary artists and they will probably complain about how the city's artistic scene is too strongly tied to its Macchiaioli background. Livorno's galleries heave with works from this artistic period as though nothing else worth showing existed. It is difficult for contemporary Livornese artists to find space to show their works locally, and many are forced to turn to other cities and regions.

Here then, is an exhibition that appears to want to break away from Livorno's traditional artistic  heritage and to present some refreshing new works that go beyond the conventional.

Decormea - inspired decorating and restoration work


Decormea - Elena at work on a ceiling decorationDecormea - Elena at work on a ceiling decorationDecormea
is the result of the combined artistic talents of Elena Perelli and Annalisa Ravenna. From two different but complementary backgrounds, Elena and Annalisa have combined their creative skills to offer a wide range of decorating and restoration services for the home. They are based in Livorno, but are available to work all over Tuscany.

Le Livornine - a collection of artistic postcards by Marc Sardelli

 

Le Livornine - a collection of artistic postcards by Marc SardelliLe Livornine - a collection of artistic postcards by Marc SardelliLe Livornine, a series of art postcards by the well-known Livornese artist Marc Sardelli, NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!

Fulvio Tasca (owner of the local publishing and printmaking company, Editasca), and Anna Nosiglia (Casa Anna) came up with the idea of promoting both the city of Livorno and one of its most respected artists through a form of communication which has in many ways been superceded by emails and text messages. For many of us, the postcard is an object of nostalgia, just like the images painted and drawn by Sardelli between the late 1950s and the 1980s.

Premio Combat 2012 Winners

Bo Christian Larsson, The Destroyer, Winner of Premio Combat 2012, painting category: source: premiocombat.itBo Christian Larsson, The Destroyer, Winner of Premio Combat 2012, painting category: source: premiocombat.it1st July 2012 The prizewinners of the third edition of the contemporary art contest, Premio Combat, were announced yesterday, 30th June 2012, at the Granai gallery (the temporary exhibition space in Villa Mimbelli) where the 70 finalists have been on show for the past week. 

Premio Combat 2013 - deadline for entries 20th April

 

Lume di Candela by Alessandro Tognin, Premio Combat Prize 2013Lume di Candela by Alessandro Tognin, Premio Combat Prize 2013This annual art prize, Premio Combat, now into its fourth edition, is open to artists worldwide. It is organized by cultural association and contemporary art gallery, Blob ART, in Livorno.

Project pARTerre - contemporary art in the park

Support the Il Parterre project by buying a t-shirt (shown - artist Silvia MenicagliSupport the Il Parterre project by buying a t-shirt (shown - artist Silvia MenicagliThe Project

Within the boundaries of Livorno's historic Parterre park in Viale Carducci, a host of new inhabitants are about to be installed: Project Parterre - a collective project involving 34 prominent contemporary artists - will fill the park with animals and beasts of literary and oral tradition, imaginary creatures that have come about at the hand of these artists and which will make the Parterre into a unique urban park of contemporary art, and the first in Italy with a literary-ludic theme.

Vinciguerra at Dubai Exhibition

Luca Vinciguerra's Stones Chair, Galerie Nationale, DubaiLuca Vinciguerra's Stones Chair, Galerie Nationale, Dubai24th January 2015 It’s always good to see a local artist enjoying success beyond the confines of Italy, and what better showcase for Luca Vinciguerra’s emblematic Stones Chair than the “Unreasonable! Objects of Desire” exhibition at the Galerie Nationale in Dubai?!

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