Modigliani

Tate Modern – London, UK 11/23/2017 – 4/2/2018

Focusing on the work of Amedeo Modigliani, Tate Modern will stage the most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work ever held in the UK. Including 100 works, the exhibition will bring together a range of his iconic portraits, sculptures and the largest ever group of nudes to be shown in this country to re-evaluate this familiar figure, looking afresh at the experimentation that shaped his career.

Through the partnership between Tate and HTC VIVE, visitors to the gallery will be able to enjoy a new integrated virtual reality experience right in the heart of the exhibition, the first of its kind at Tate, vividly enhancing our understanding of one of the early twentieth century’s greatest artists.The virtual reality room will bring visitors closer into the artist’s world, enriching their understanding of his life and art. Drawing on extensive archival material and new research, VIVE headsets will provide an immersive layer of interpretation as visitors are invited to step into early twentieth century Paris.

Modigliani begins with the artist’s arrival in Paris, exploring the creative environment that shaped his life and work. Inspired by the art he saw in the modern city, Modigliani began to experiment and develop his own distinctive visual language, seen in early canvases such as Bust of a Young Woman 1908 (Lille Métropole Musée d’Art Moderne, Villeneuve-d’Ascq) and The Beggar of Leghorn 1909 (Private Collection). The exhibition presents exceptional examples of the artist’s lesser-known work in sculpture, bringing together a substantial group of his Heads made before the First World War as well as a section devoted to Modigliani’s nudes. Perhaps the best-known and most provocative of the artist’s works, forming a major highlight, this group of 12 nudes will be the largest group ever seen in the UK, with paintings including Seated Nude 1917 (Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp) and Reclining Nude c.1919 (Museum of Modern Art, New York).

VR is already having an impact on the arts, and this opportunity further demonstrates its unique ability to enhance museum experience. VIVE enables visitors to experience an unprecedented level of immersion. Going beyond the gaming industry, through this partnership, VR helps visitors gain a deeper understanding of Modigliani’s art and life.