Are you familiar with the Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani? Even if you are not Modì’s (as he was known in France) greatest estimator, I’m sure you have heard at least once about his talent as an artist and the legacy he left behind. I’ve always been fascinated by the many stories surrounding his tumultuous and (unfortunately) brief life, that’s why when I was asked by the Comitato Amedeo Modigliani Livorno (an association based in Modì’s hometown) to sponsor a series of events in his memory I was all in; their main goal was to give back to Modigliani his almost forgotten identity of Italian artist.
The first event, held in Viareggio on July 12th, focused around Modì’s stone heads and what has become one of the greatest hoaxes in the history of Italian art (you can read about it here and here); also, during the evening, MGI introduced a contest for the creation of a fountain that will celebrate Modigliani in a fashion he deserves.
The second event, which took place in Montecatini on September 25th, saw the addition of the Associazione Culturale Montecatini Terme as the main organizer of the evening in the iconic Gambrinus Café; during the celebration, MGI revealed that the fountain’s project, which will be presented to the Livorno administration for final approval, will be chosen among designs submitted by several international architects participating in this exciting competition. At the end of the evening I also had the honor to present a replica of one of Modì’s heads that MGI realized in collaboration with T&DRobotics. You can see a video about the creation of this artwork here.
I will reveal all the details of the fountain’s winning design once the competition is closed, until then feel free to contact me if you would like to know more.