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Alfredo Müller - 150th anniversary celebrations, 22-23 October 2019

Muller Plaque at Via Roma 17
The Plaque marking Muller's birthplace at no. 17 Via Cecconi

150th anniversary of the birth of Alfredo ller: a plaque to mark his birthplace, a donation to the Museo Fattori, and a book presentation

Organised by the Amis d’Alfredo Müller and the Livorno delle Nazioni associations, with the support of the Comune di Livorno.

The 150th anniversary of the birth of painter and engraver Alfredo Müller– born in Livorno at Via Cecconi 17 on 30th June 1869 – will be commemorated in Livorno over two days on 22nd-23rd October 2019.

A pupil of the Florentine artist Michele Gordigiani, Müller and is said to have brought Impressionism to Italy after a stay in Paris, a city to which he emigrated in his twenties.

An Archive of Stone - The Old English Cemetery of Livorno: now available to order online

Matteo Giunti and Giacomo Lorenzini (eds.), "Un archivio di pietra: l'antico cimitero degli inglesi di Livorno, note storiche e progetti di restauro", Pacini Editore, 2013, 209 pages with colour illustrations. NOW AVAILABLE IN PDF FORMAT

An Archive of Stone - The Old English Cemetery of Livorno, edited by Matteo Giunti and Giacomo Lorenzini, front cover An Archive of Stone - The Old English Cemetery of Livorno, edited by Matteo Giunti and Giacomo Lorenzini, front cover

While in other countries the study of cemeteries attracts special attention, dealing with aspects that range from the historic and artistic to the naturalistic, in Italy surprisingly little space is dedicated to the subject, despite the country’s deep-rooted religious culture. The Old English Cemetery of Livorno is no exception: as one of the most significant yet least known monuments in the city, hidden in the shadows of modern apartment blocks, enclosed within its high boundary wall and overgrown with brambles and weeds, the cemetery is indeed a rich "archive of stone" (as the title of the book proposes) and has been unjustly disregarded for many years, even by the historiography.

Now, almost four centuries since the foundation of the cemetery, this volume not only represents a rediscovery of the site itself, but also brings to light a number of singular findings of great significance, and clarifies for the first time the numerous theories formulated over the years without firm documentary evidence.

Livorno announces possible Modigliani Exhibition for 2019-2020

A few days ago Livorno city council and the Tirreno newspaper announced an important exhibition of Amedeo Modigliani's works, to take place this coming winter (2019-2020) at the Museo della Città di Livorno. There is nothing apparently surprising about this, considering that 2020 marks the centenary of the death of the Livornese artist, except that this would be the first exhibition featuring Modigliani's art to be held in Livorno since 1984 (an exhibit that featured just four of the artist's sculptures).

Making way for Modigliani – Livorno prepares to host prestigious exhibition

No photo description available.The exhibition that everyone is waiting for - Modigliani e l’Avventura di Montparnasse, organised by the Restellini Institute and the Comune di Livorno, and curated by Marc Restellini – opens on 7th November 2019. It will feature 120 masterpieces from the collections of Jonas Nester and Paul Alexandre including paintings and drawings by Amedeo Modigliani that have rarely been shown in public. The exhibition also features important works by prominent artists working, like Modigliani, in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century, such as Russian artist Chaim Soutine, André Derain, Mose Kisling, Paris-born Maurice Utrillo, and Suzanne Valadon, the first female artist to be admitted to the Société Nationale des Beaux Arts and mother of Utrillo.