Amedeo Modigliani Jeanne Hebuterne 1919, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Modigliani at Tate Modern

Over 100 of Modigliani’s paintings and sculptures are on show at the Tate Modern and it isn’t just quantity that make this a beautiful exhibition but the outstanding quality too (nearly 40 of the paintings have never been shown in the UK before).  From sultry nudes to striking sculptures, from the portraits to his final works, this is a dense exhibition made up of 10 rooms of works.  The nudes are, I think particularly captivating – they were deemed too shocking when they were first shown as they showed women with hair on the body (classical statues always show women with no hair apart from on their heads).  The final room too with the moving portraits of his partner, Jeanne Hebuterne, who, after Modigliani died at the early age of 35, then committed suicide whilst 9 months pregnant.

Another highlight and one that you will need to book tickets in advance for, is the 7 minute virtual reality show.  You put on the VIVE goggles and, hey presto, you are in Modigliani’s studio which feels so real you can practically touch the windows.  It’s a great addition to the show.

And if you’re hungry afterwards, don’t miss the TATE X PURE FILTH pop up with nutritionist Rosemary Ferguson and chef Gizzi Erskine.  Challenging the idea that fast food can’t be healthy, the £20 happy meal will offer beetroot buns with a black bean patty, sweet potato fries and seasonal apple pie (do check menus on the day as they will vary).  Tickets to the show are £17.70 but you can buy a joint ticket to both the show and a happy meal for £35.  Plus the first 100 people to book tickets get a Jake Chapman (Rosemary’s husband) limited edition happy meal box.

Modigliani at Tate Modern
Until 2 April 2018
Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG
£17.70 for the show only; £35 for the show and happy meal
— Francesca
22nd November 2017