Giorgio Morandi, Bologna 1890 - 1964 Bologna
Giorgio Morandi is best known today for his beautifully contemplative still-life paintings, works which led the art historian Roberto Longhi to describe him as “arguably the greatest Italian painter of the twentieth century.” Born in Bologna, Morandi spent most of his life with his mother and three unmarried sisters in an apartment on via Fondazza, where he occupied an austere room he used as both a bedroom and studio. Early on in his career, Morandi experimented with Cubism and Futurism, for a few years around 1917, he embraced Metaphysical painting, the movement led Giorgio di Chirico and Carlo Carrà. Yet by 1920, Morandi had begun to develop his unique and instantly recognizable personal style. Morandi’s paintings from the early 1920s until this death in 1964 show remarkable consistency. His trademark pictures were his still lifes, in which he arranged bottles, vases, jugs, and other domestic containers on a table, and painted them with painstaking precision in largely sombre colours. Fame came for Morandi after World War II. In 1948 he represented Italy at the Venice Biennale, and in 1957 he won the Grand Prize for painting at the São Paulo Biennale, defeating Marc Chagall and Jackson Pollock. These successes allowed him to give up his teaching job at the University of Bologna and focus exclusively on his painting. Morandi’s imagery would influence numerous artists after him, including the Minimalists, who admired his pared-back aesthetic and emphasis on order, geometry and spacing.
Creation from DestructionFrieze Masters 2020, 7 Oct - 2 Nov 2020“Every act of creation was once an act of destruction.” - Pablo Picasso The birth of the new and unique often comes from...
GIORGIO MORANDI7 Jun - 28 Jul 2017ROBILANT+VOENA are pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by Giorgio Morandi (Bologna, 1890-1964) on view at their London gallery from 7 June to 28...
MORANDI: STILL LIFE12 Oct - 29 Nov 2011ROBILANT + VOENA are pleased to announce an exhibition of GIORGIO MORANDI Still lifes, curated in partnership with Galleria D’Arte Maggiore G.A.M., Bologna, opening 12...
Creation From DestructionThe birth of the new and unique often comes from the destruction of the old October 6, 2020Manifested in the wake of calamity or unrest, these works testify to our innate impulse to find beauty, meaning, and reconciliation in the act of...
Giorgio MorandiPoetic Tranquility April 1, 2020Video produced and directed by Carolyn H. Miner. Videography Valentin Meneveau. Images of Morandi’s home in Grizzana by François Halard. If you would like to...
The interior world of Giorgio Morandi, an artist who embraced lockdownRachel Spence, Financial Times
April 18, 2020 How astute, then, of Italian dealer Robilant + Voena to unveil an elegant virtual display devoted to the Bologna artist.
Pasado y Presente (Past and Present)Jorge Kunitz, Tendencias
March 27, 2019 Old masters and contemporary stars coexist in the gallery of Edmondo di Robilant and Marco Voena.
Calder, Fontana, Morandi at Robilant + Voena, St. MoritzBlouin Artinfo
February 5, 2019 'Masterworks by Calder, Fontana and Morandi will be on view at Robilant + Voena, St. Moritz (...) The exhibition highlights...
Der WendehalsSusanne Schrelber, Handelsblatt
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