Modigliani – Picasso. The Primitivist Revolution
From 17 September 2021
The ALBERTINA Museum will honor Amedeo Modigliani with a major retrospective to mark the one hundredth anniversary of his death. For the first time, Modigliani will not be regarded as a bohemian under the influence of alcohol and drugs, as a pleasing portraitist and pioneer of Art Déco, but as a leading artist of the avant-garde who carried the revolution of Primitivism far into the twentieth century.
Modigliani will premier in Austria with his celebrated nudes and outstanding portraits, as well as his sculptures, which are rarely to be found in museums throughout Europe. The exhibition will bring together works from major public museums and the most prominent private collection between America and Asia.
A special focus will be placed on the artist’s lifelong exploration of the art of Primitivism. Modigliani’s oeuvre will thus be juxtaposed with characteristic key works by such artists as Pablo Picasso, Constantin Brâncuşi, and André Derain, as well as artifacts from so-called “primitive” — prehistoric, archaic, and non-European — civilizations.
Curator of the exhibition: Marc Restellini
On view from 17 September 2021 until 9 January 2022
Amedeo Modigliani: Female Nude Reclining on a Pillow, ca. 1917
© bpk, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
Amedeo Modigliani: Caryatid with a Vase, ca. 1914
(Tate, Bequeathed by Mrs A.F. Kessler 1983)
© Tate, London
Amedeo Modigliani: Max Jacob, 1916/17
(Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio, Gift of Mary E. Johnston)
© Bridgeman Images
Amedeo Modigliani: Female Semi-Nude, 1918
(The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The Batliner Collection)
© The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The Batliner Collection
Amedeo Modigliani: Sitting Nude, 1917
(Antwerpen, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten)
KMSKA, Lukasweb – Art in Flanders | Photo © Hugo Maertens
Amedeo Modigliani: Head, 1911–1912
(Minneapolis Institute of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Cowles, 62.73.1)
© Minneapolis Institute of Art