Angelo Froglia

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Angelo Froglia (23 March 1955 – 11 January 1997) was an Italian painter.


Froglia was the creator of the scandal of the heads of Modigliani.

Angelo Froglia, painter and sculptor from Livorno, attended artistic high school and then enrolled at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. In 1971 he rented a studio and began painting. In 1974 he participated in the Rome Quadriennale. In 1977, during the Years of Lead, he took part in the armed struggle and ended up in jail. At a young age Froglia was involved in drug-taking. In 1981, he was released from prison and moved back to Livorno where he resumed painting and drugs. In 1984, he carried out the act which led his name to appear in all the newspapers of the world: the hoax of the false heads found in the canal in the city of Livorno, and attributed to Amedeo Modigliani.

Froglia also created a video about the event entitled "Peitho e Apate ... della persuasione e dell'inganno (Cherchez Modi)" and was given an award by critics at the Turin Film Festival in 1984. From 1985 Angelo Froglia produced a great number of paintings and organised exhibitions in Italy and abroad, although his health was undermined by drugs. In time he became tired of being known as the protagonist of the "Modigliani Scandal", even though he had never considered it as a "hoax" but rather as a performance of social aesthetic significance. Shortly before his death, Froglia confided to his friend and art critic Massimo Carboni that, "time does not count, I work within my possibilities. The important thing is the conviction that you put into it."(Il Tirreno, January 1997,"Un cuore buono, una mano felice".) Angelo Froglia died following a long illness on 11 January 1997.

Some works[edit]

  • 1974, Quadriennale romana
  • 1975, Immagine critica. Casa della Cultura Livorno
  • 1984, Museo Villa Maria. In occasione della mostra "L'altro Modigliani". Vengono esposte le sue sculture (Modi 1 e Modi 2) scambiate, dalla critica, per quelle di Modigliani
  • 1985, Festival Internazionale del Cinema di Torino
  • 1989, Angelo Froglia. con Galleria Rotini a Nurnberg 4, Norimberga
  • 1989, Angelo Froglia. con Galleria Rotini a Bergamo, Bidart
  • 1989, Angelo Froglia. con Galleria Rotini a Biaf, Barcellona
  • 1990, Angelo Froglia. con Galleria Rotini a Bologna, Arte Fiera
  • 1991, Angelo Froglia. con Galleria Rotini a Milano, Internazionale d'Arte
  • 1991, Angelo Froglia. con Galleria Rotini a Padova, Arte 91
  • 1991, Angelo Froglia. con Galleria Rotini a Lineart, Ghent Belgio
  • 1992, Angelo Froglia. con Galleria Rotini a Arco, Madrid
  • 1992, Mediterranea e altre storie. personale Galleria Rotini Livorno
  • 1997, Retrospettiva 1973-1996" - Livorno stazione marittima
  • 1997, Retrospettiva 1973-1996" - Milano dal 10 settembre al 24 settembre
  • 2010, "Angelo Ritrovato" Centro Culturale Michon, Livorno 23 Marzo


  • Luciano Bonetti - Annuario degli artisti labronici 1976
  • Duccio Trombadori e Nicola Micieli - Retrospettiva 1973-1996, Edizioni Graphis Arte
  • Nicola Micieli - mediterranea e altre storie Bandecchi & Vivaldi, 1992
  • Paolo Brosio - Intervista a TG4 1993
  • Massimo Carboni (storico dell'arte) - "Angelo Froglia Un cuore buono, una mano felice", Il Tirreno gennaio 1997
  • Alice Barontini - Angelo Froglia, l'artista che sbugiardo la critica, Il Tirreno 20.08.2009
  • Alice Barontini - Vittorio Sgarbi vuole le "false teste di Modi", Il Tirreno 22.08.2009
  • Alice Barontini Alla ricerca di Modi - Angelo Froglia e la performance che mise in crisi la critica. Edizioni Polistampa 2010 - ISBN 978-88-596-0739-7


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