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Artist Talk: Luigi Ontani on Modigliani

Amedeo Modigliani Juan Gris 1915 Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), 1967 (67.187.85)

Explore the connections between Amadeo Modigliani and contemporary artist Luigi Ontani on the theme of portraiture

The aesthetic language of the these two artists presents similar characteristics including the mix of different cultural elements, the theme of the tribal mask, union of sacred and profane, history and myth, sensuality and indifference as well as the symbolic and subjective style of representation and self-representation.

For this event Luigi Ontani is joined by curator and critic Bartolomeo Pietromarchi.

Please note that this event will be in Italian and English language with consecutive interpretation.

Biographies ​

Luigi Ontani (Grizzana Morandi, 1943) is a versatile Italian artist known throughout the world for his “tableaux vivants”, filmed and photographed performances in which Ontani is self-portrayed as figures from mythology, history and Italian literature. His work is distinguished by an untiring enthusiasm for experimentation that from the 1960s through to the present day has encouraged his heterogeneous use of artistic techniques such as sculpture, photography, performance and watercolours. Luigi Ontani has exhibited in the most important international museum including PS1 in New York, MAMBO in Bologna, the Venice Biennale and the Rome Quadriennale. He is the author of several essays and publications that have a particular focus on Italian artists of different generations.

Supported by the Italian Cultural Institute in London.

This event has been provided by Tate Gallery on behalf of Tate Enterprises LTD​​

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Date & Time

26 March 2018 at 18.30–20.00



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