Life and career

Museo della Città – “Modigliani and the Montparnasse adventure”


The Museo della Città of Livorno was opened in 2018 and occupies the space of the ancient building of Bottini dell’Olio, that was a big oil warehouse made built by Cosimo III in the 18° century, in the quarter of La Venezia. Today inside it there is an extensive exhibition that travels through the history of Livorno and its cultural evolution, through artworks, photos, archeological finds but also installations and multimedia devices. 
The museum consists of a section dedicated to the City Collection that traces the events of Livorno from the origins to nowadays, and a section dedicated to Contemporary Art that is located in the deconsecrated church of Luogo Pio. The Contemporary section exhibits the artworks that were exposed in the Progressive Museum of Contemporary Art of Livorno, which were not available for a long time after the closure of the museum. It is possible to admire artworks of important artist such as Emilio Vedova, Pino Pascali, Enrico Castellani, Gianfranco Baruchello and many others.

The exhibition dedicate to Amedeo Modigliani, in occasion of the century of his death, “Modigliani and the Montparnasse adventure, is set up in the Museo della Città and celebrates, after long years of absence, the return of this great artist in his hometown.
The exhibition, from 7 November 2019 until 16 February 2020, presents to the public 14 paintings and 12 drawings by Modigliani, great value and high quality artworks, which are accompanied by about one hundred artworks of other important artists of the same period, friends of Modigliani, such as Chaïm Sautin and Maurice Utrillo. All the artworks come from the collection of two great collectors, very important for Modigliani’s life: Jonas Netter and Paul Alexandre.