From 24 September to 9 January, the Recoletos Hall at the Mapfre Foundation is organising a retrospective of the work of the Italian painter, Giorgio Morandi, one of the most significant artists in the history of 20th century art, along with an exhibition of work by modern artists who knew how to interpret his work.
Morandi. Infinite Resonance is a retrospective exhibition of Giorgio Morandi’s work (Bologna, 1890-1964), one of the most significant and unclassifiable artists in the history of twentieth century art. The Italian painter barely travelled outside Italy and spent almost his entire life in his home and studio on Via Fondazza on Bologna. Here he engaged in creating work in which everyday objects, flowers and landscapes became the protagonists, with the intention of producing, as noted by Ardengo Soffici, “a harmonious composition of colours, shapes and volumes that exclusively obeyed the rules of unity, like the beauty of consensus.”
The exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of Morandi’s output in seven sections that address all the themes the artist loved, primarily still lifes, landscapes, and vases of flowers. The earlier part of the exhibition features the paintings Self-Portrait and Bathers, two of the few examples of human representation in his work. In addition, throughout the exhibition visitors will find a selection of works by other contemporary artists who managed to establish a dialogue with the language of the Italian artist in different media (mainly photography, painting, sculpture and ceramics). Notable among these artists are Tony Cragg, Tacita Dean, Joel Meyerowitz, Luigi Ontani, Rachel Whiteread, Edmund de Waal, Alfredo Alcaín and Gerardo Rueda, to name but a few.
Exhibition organized by Fundación MAPFRE and Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera.(Source and additional information at Fundación Mapfre)
Image Credits: Self Portrait is an oil on canvas painting created by Giorgio Morandi in 1924. It lives at the Pinacoteca di Brera in Italy. The image is in the public domain.