Over 120 paintings by Modigliani, Soutine, Utrillo, Suzanne Valadon, Kisling and other “artistes maudits” from the Montparnasse set of the early 1900s are on view at Milan’s Palazzo Reale until September.
All the works in the exhibition are from “that fascinating period which was fundamental in the history of art. It was a period soon to be known as ‘bohemian’,” says curator Marc Restellini, “which showed these tormented spirits produce works fed by desperation. Their work was neither Polish, Bulgarian, Russian, Italian or French – it was simply that in the Paris in that period they all found the best ways to express the vision, the sensuality and their personal dreams.
“And in Paris, the only place in the world where revolution had rights of citizenship, first in Montmartre and later in Montparnasse, these artists – all of them Jews – met up to tempt fate.”
The exhibit is the collection of Jonas Netter – himself a Jew – without whose support many of the artists would not have had the means to live and paint. It includes the works collected over a lifetime by this illuminated and acute expert of talent.
The exhibit is open until 8 September from 09.30 to 19.30 except for Mondays, when it opens at 14.30. On Thursday and Saturdays it will remain open until 22.30. The full entrance fee is €11, including an audio guide by veteran RAI journalist and art conoisseur Corrado Augias, but there are several reduced-price categories: school groups, families, over-65s and the disabled.
Piazza del Duomo 12, tel. 028846 5236