The Ambassador of Italy to Germany, Armando Varricchio, inaugurated the exhibition Modigliani: Modern Gazes, organized by the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart and the Barberini Museum of Potsdam, under the Embassy’s patronage. The Minister of Science, Research and Arts of the State of Baden-Württemberg, Petra Olschowski, and the Consul General in Stuttgart, Massimiliano Lagi, were also present at the opening ceremony.
This is the first exhibition Germany has dedicated to the artist since 2009. Ambassador Varrichio said: “Modigliani was the European artist par excellence; his cosmopolitan, open and creative vision influenced art throughout the continent.” He added: “The exhibition also aims to be the bearer of a completely innovative perspective, focused on the role of women, who are the main protagonists in Modigliani’s works, without ever a shadow of subordination. I am particularly pleased that, through the artist’s unconventional gaze, visitors will be able to reflect on such crucial concepts as the women’s condition, role and dignity, just a few days before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.”
On the occasion of his visit to Stuttgart, the Ambassador also visited the Forschungsinstitut für Kraftfahrwesen und Fahrzeugmotoren (FKFS), a prestigious research and development centre in the automotive sector and a sought-after partner of the international automotive industry for projects in the fields of powertrain systems, engineering, mechatronics, and mobility in general. He was welcomed by Engineer Marco Chiodi, founder of the “3D Virtual Engine Development” Department, consisting of 15 engineers, 6 of whom are Italian.