Livorno, 15 September 2022. “Mira Maodus, le fil rouge de Montparnasse” is the title of the retrospective exhibition dedicated to the French artist of Serbian-Russian origin Mira Maodus, which will be held at the Fattori Granai Villa Mimbelli Museum in Livorno from 20 October to November 20 next.
The exhibition, sponsored by the Tuscany Region and the Municipality of Livorno, is part of the wider international project #celebratingmiramaodus 2022 (coordinated by Silvia Pampaloni from Livorno) which celebrates the artist on the occasion of his eightieth birthday. Museums, public and private galleries in Paris, Belgrade, Trebinje, Tokyo, Livorno and Toronto are dedicating solo exhibitions to Mira Maodus to highlight her contribution to the history of contemporary art.
In this Italian exhibition, curated by Silvia Pampaloni and Veronica Carpita, the synthesis of the artist’s artistic path is proposed, influenced by his studies in Frankfurt, Venice, Paris and by his experiences collected all over the world, especially in Japan.
From her figurative beginnings inspired by German expressionism to her arrival in abstract art in the mid-1980s in Paris, Mira Maodus has focused her pictorial research on the harmony of composition. Letters, words, ideograms, Cyrillic characters, numbers, symbols of the past in her paintings are born again in dreamlike forms and vibrant colors. Abandoning itself to the rhythmic automatism of brush strokes, the artist’s sign changes, transforms and becomes independent graphics,
Often inspired by the words of the great world poetry (Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Verlaine, Aleksandr Pushkin, Salvatore Quasimodo, Jovan Dučić) Mira Maodus’ canvases of poetry have balance and metrics.
There is a common thread that links Mira Maodus to the most important Livorno artist, Amedeo Modigliani. For almost fifty years Mira lived in the last artist’s atelier of the Cité Falguière in Paris, Atelier 11, where the Russian artist Chaim Soutine worked and where Amedeo Modigliani sculpted his sculptures “The Caryatids”.
A mythical place in Montparnasse, together with the subsequent La Ruche, which consecrated the golden age of the Ecole de Paris and which unfortunately has repeatedly risked disappearing due to real estate speculations. For decades Mira Maodus has fought for the preservation of the historical memory of this sanctuary of modern art.
In September 2021, Mira accepted the project of the non-profit cultural association L’Air Arts which made Atelier 11 a Center for Studies on artists of the Cité Falguière and a residence for international artists. A few days ago Atelier 11 was finally recognized by the French Ministry of Culture as a cultural site to be preserved. One of Modigliani’s favorite art places was therefore saved forever. Mira Maodus created all the conditions and fought for many years to achieve this result.
Mira Maodus is a French artist of Serbian-Russian origins who lives and works in Paris, Belgrade and Tokyo.
He was born on October 14, 1942 in an Italian military camp in Medak, in the Balkans, where his mother Sofija Tesla, grandson of the scientist Nikola Tesla, had taken refuge to escape being shot.
After the war, the family moved to the city of Belgrade. From an early age she Mira she developed a powerful propensity for art. She decided as a girl to leave Belgrade to pursue her vocation, studying first at the Werkkunstschule in Frankfurt (1965-1968), at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice (1969-1972) and at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris (1972-1975). In 1978 she obtained a Master’s degree from the University of Milan. After a first more figurative period, inspired by German expressionism and Fauvism, Mira Maodus succeeds in Paris to strongly express her talent as an abstract artist, contrasting chromatisms, symbols, words and poetic verses in an intense expressive vortex in her compositions. . Thanks to her stay in Japan, where she lived for seven years, she the artist deepens the study of calligraphy as an art form.
Since 1973 he has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in France, Serbia, Japan, Italy, Belgium, Russia, Switzerland, Great Britain, China, United States, Canada. UNESCO has chosen her canvases for 15 years as images of New Year’s greeting cards. On the occasion of the 150th anniversary, the City of Paris (Mairie du 15ème) has selected a work by Mira Maodus as a symbol of the celebrations.
His paintings appear in the permanent collections of the National Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade (Serbia), the Museum of Modern Art Banja Luka (Bosnia), the Herzegovine Museum Trebinje (Bosnia Herzegovina), the National Museum Arad (Romania) ) and the Miyagi Museum of Art in Sendai (Japan).
EXHIBITIONS #CELEBRATINGMIRAMAODUS 2022
Mairie du 7ème Paris (France) “Mira Maodus. Voyage au bout des couleurs” 19-26 May 2022.
Center Culturel Musée Hercegovine Trebinje (Bosnia Herzegovina) du 16 -31 August 2022
884 Art Gallery Tokyo (Japan) “Mira Maodus” October 18-30, 2022.
Giovanni Fattori Museum, Granai Villa Mimbelli Livorno “Mira Maodus, le fil rouge de Montparnasse” 20 October – 20 November 2022.
Alba Avis Gallery “Mira Maodus” Toronto (Canada) February 2023
is a project curated by Silvia Pampaloni with the precious collaboration of: Mirela Pudar (Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina), Veronica Carpita (Italy), Kayoko Sano (Japan) and Zoran Sretenovic (Canada).