I Luoghi di Modigliani
This photographic exhibition celebrates 130 years since the birth of Livorno-born artist Amedeo Modigliani. Entitled I Luoghi di Modigliani, tra Livorno e Parigi (Modigliani's places - Livorno and Paris), it features images of the places associated with Modigliani during his time spent in the two cities.
The exhibition consists of a series of 53 photos taken by photographer and videomaker Luca Dal Canto of places associated with the life of Livorno-born artist Amedeo Modigliani during the periods of his life that he spent in Livorno and Paris.
As Luca says in his introduction to the “I Luoghi di Modigliani” project, “it does not set out to be just a photographic exhibition. Its aim is not to exhibit the work of a photographer but to describe the life of one of Europe’s most important 20th-century artists through a series of everyday anecdotes accompanied by images of places that may now seem ordinary and unimportant.”
Artist and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani was born in Livorno in 1884 and died in Paris in 1920. Despite his short life, he left an indelible mark on both the art world and the people and places he came into contact with. Dal Canto’s images include bars, cafés, apartments and ateliers, many of which have since been transformed into completely different places that have lost their connection with the great artist. I Luoghi di Modigliani offers us a chance to rediscover these places and, in the case of Livorno, to reconnect the memory of the artist to the city he was so fond of.
The photos are predominantly Parisian, but several feature Modigliani’s places in Livorno: hisbirthplace in via Roma, the studio of Guglielmo Micheli (Modì's first art teacher) in Via delle Siepi, the Liceo Classico Guerrazzi where he went to school, Modigliani's own atelier in Via Gherardi del Testa, the place on the Scali Olandesi where he is said to have thrown some of his sculptures into the canal (later the object of the famous art hoax), and the site of the formerCaffé Bardi in Piazza Cavour. Previews of some of the photos can be seen on the project website, and a chronological list of all of "Modigliani's Places" featured in the project can be seen here.
Inauguration: Saturday 12th July 2014 at 7pm
Where: Bottega del Caffé, Viale Caprera (Piazza del Luogo Pio), Venezia District, Livorno
During the inauguration, music from Simone Soldani "Bimbo" and Luca Faggella, and tasting of Torta di Ceci, Livorno's best known street food (by Gagarin).
The exhibition continues until 3rd August 2014.
Opening times: Tue & Thu 2.30-6pm; Wed & Fri 9.30am-12.30pm; Sat 19th July 4-7.30pm; from 25th July to 3rd August (during Effetto Venezia) open daily from 6pm to midnight.