“School of Paris between Montmarte and Montparnasse and The Current European Artists” exhibition held at the Radisson Hotel. Image: Azrina Zin.

Walk through a gallery of history, love and fine works in an art exhibition dubbed “School of Paris between Montmarte and Montparnasse and The Current European Artists”.

A collection of paintings by renowned artists is currently on display for the first time in Brunei and in the region at Radisson Hotel until December 10.

The one-week exhibition features works from the rising wave of non-French Modernist artists who came to Paris in the early 20th century.

Founder of Atelier Huifong, Ng Hui Fong giving a speech during the opening of the “School of Paris” exhibition at Radisson Hotel. Image: Azrina Zin

Founder of Atelier Huifong Ng Hui Fong said that the exhibition provides an opportunity for Bruneians and tourists to witness the influential works from France and Italy, without the need to travel to Europe.

“Brunei is the first-ever country in Asia to exhibit the compelling works of the renowned avant-garde artist; Amedeo Modigliani titled ‘The Last Bohemian from Montmartre’,” she said.

She added: “We are very pleased and grateful to have the opportunity to witness his fine works, all the way from Modigliani’s family in Paris, of which Valerio Ballotta has made it possible for all of his work to be exhibited in Asia.”

Paintings by contemporary Italian artist, Vincenzo Blasamo on display at the Radisson Hotel. Image: Azrina Zin.

The exhibition, which opens daily from 10am to 5pm, displays 12 Modigliani artworks that bring together a range of his asymmetrical composition and unique elongated portraiture.

One of the highlighted pieces includes the private portraits of Modigliani’s great lover and muse, Jeanne Hébuterne who tragically took her own life after Modigliani died of tuberculosis.

In addition, the exhibition honours a painting by Hébuterne herself which is a portrait of her mother, Eudoxie Hébuterne.

Alongside Modigliani’s works are other prevailing art pieces by Giorgio Morandi, Giacomo Balla, Rene Gilles, Jules Pascin and Vincenzo Balsamo – some of which have never been shown in Asia.

Guests looking at the paintings displayed at the “School of Paris between Montmarte and Montparnasse and The Current European Artists” exhibition. Image: Azrina Zin.

Moreover, the exhibition also includes work by contemporary Italian painter Vincenzo Blasamo whose signature style ranges from abstraction to cubism.

Ng thanked Archivio Generale of Vincenzo Balsamo and son of the late Maestro Vincenzo Balsamo, Francesco Balsamo and Valerio Ballotta of GBK Malta for making the exhibition possible.

For further information on the event, contact Atelier Huifong at 7247868 or follow @artelierhuifongng on Instagram.

Some of the art pieces that are showcased at the exhibition. Image: Azrina Zin.
The exhibition features 12 of the artworks of Amedeo Modigliani. Image: Azrina Zin.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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