Modigliani Up Close
October 16, 2022 – January 29, 2023
Explore how the iconic artist created his paintings and sculpture.
About the Exhibition
Organized by a team of curators and conservators—Nancy Ireson and Barbara Buckley from the Barnes, consultant curator Simonetta Fraquelli, and conservator Annette King of Tate, London—Modigliani Up Close explores Amedeo Modigliani’s working methods and materials. Building on research that began in 2017, with a major retrospective at Tate Modern, this focused project takes a close look at how Modigliani created his works. New scholarship by specialists across Europe and the Americas informs a detailed investigation of the artist’s unique style, casting new light on his practice, in an exhibition that brings together important pieces from museum collections.
On view in the Roberts Gallery
Modigliani Up Close
This book is an in-depth exploration of how the iconic artist created his paintings, sculptures, and drawings over the course of his career. More than 60 works from major public and private collections are interpreted by leading scholars, curators, and conservators from international institutions. The richly illustrated volume also looks at the role of Albert C. Barnes in shaping Modigliani’s critical reception in the United States. Hardcover, 344 pages
Additional support is provided by the David Berg Foundation, Sue Perel Rosefsky, Alter Family Foundation, Pamela and David Berkman, Julie Jensen Bryan and Robert Bryan, Laura and Bill Buck, Marianne Dean, Dietz & Watson, Roberta and Carl Dranoff, Deborah Glass, Anne and Matt Hamilton, Pamela and James Hill, Amy Donohue-Korman and John Korman, Sueyun and Gene Locks, the Samuel P. Mandell Foundation, Yasmina M. Moukarzel, Nicole and James Schaeffer, Joan F. Thalheimer, Bruce and Robbi Toll, Harriet and Larry Weiss, Margaret and Tom Whitford, Randi Zemsky and Bob Lane, and other generous individuals.
Ongoing support for exhibitions comes from the Christine and Michael Angelakis Exhibition Fund, the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Christine and George Henisee Exhibition Fund, and Aileen and Brian Roberts.
The exhibition publication is made possible with generous support provided by Joan Garde, Bob Wilson and Michele Plante, the Lois and Julian Brodsky Publications Fund, and Furthermore: the J. M. Kaplan Fund.
This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
In addition, support for all exhibitions comes from contributors to the Barnes Foundation Exhibition Fund:
Joan Carter and John Aglialoro, Julia and David Fleischner, Leigh and John Middleton, Jeanette and Joe Neubauer
John Alchin and Hal Marryatt, Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz, Lois and Julian Brodsky, N. Judith Broudy, Laura and Bill Buck, Elaine W. Camarda and A. Morris Williams, Jr., Eugene and Michelle Dubay, Penelope P. Harris, Jones & Wajahat Family, Lisa D. Kabnick and John H. McFadden, Victor F. Keen and Jeanne Ruddy, Marguerite Lenfest, Maribeth and Steven Lerner, Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Foundation, Hilarie and Mitchell Morgan, The Park Family, Adele K. Schaeffer, Katie and Tony Schaeffer, Dr. and Mrs. Eugene E. Stark, Joan F. Thalheimer, Bruce and Robbi Toll, van Beuren Charitable Foundation, The Victory Foundation, Kirsten White, Anonymous
Member Previews: Modigliani Up Close
Thursday–Saturday, October 13–15
Member see our latest exhibition before the public opening.
Curators in Conversation: Modigliani Up Close
Sunday, October 16, 1 – 2pm
The curators and conservators behind the exhibition discuss the artist’s unique style, working methods, and materials.
Exhibition Tour: Modigliani Up Close
Daily, beginning October 20, 11:30am & 1pm
Learn more about Modigliani’s practice with a guided tour.
Private Exhibition Tour: Modigliani Up Close
Daily, beginning October 20
A private, docent led tour of the exhibition for you and up to seven guests.
2022 Centennial Barnes Art Ball
Friday, October 21
This year, the Foundation’s annual fundraiser celebrates our centennial, tenth anniversary on the Parkway, and Modigliani Up Close exhibition.
Supporter Reception for Modigliani Up Close
Thursday, October 27, 5:30 – 8pm
Supporter- and Sustainer-level members gather to celebrate our centennial and enjoy exclusive after-hours access to Modigliani Up Close.
First Friday! Shinjoo Cho & Asian Arts Initiative
Friday, November 4, 6 – 9pm
Enjoy performances by multi-instrumentalist Shinjoo Cho along with after-hours access to Modigliani Up Close.
PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Creative Process
Sunday, November 6, 10am – 5pm
Music, dance, art, and more! Explore the collection in our main galleries and see Modigliani Up Close for free.
December Spotlight Tour: Modigliani and Soutine: A Surprising Friendship
Learn about the relationship that grew between these modern artists while living and working in Paris.
First Friday! Yolanda Wisher & The Afroeaters
Friday, December 2, 6 – 9pm
An exciting night of music and poetry. Plus, free access to the collection and Modigliani Up Close.
PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Barnes at 100
Sunday, December 4, 10am – 5pm
Celebrate our 100th anniversary with fun family activities, moving performances, and free access to our collection and Modigliani Up Close.
Class: Modigliani: A Life
Wednesdays, October 12 – November 2
Students in this book-club–style class read Meryle Secrest’s acclaimed biography Modigliani: A Life (2011) and gather in the collection and special exhibition galleries to examine the works up close.
Online Class: Modigliani Up Close
Thursdays, November 10 – December 8
This special course is co-taught by the team of curators and conservators behind Modigliani Up Close. Learn about the artist's life, his working methods, and how his innovations fit into the broader history of European art.