Giorgio Morandi

- Selected Works
- Biography

Giorgio Morandi was born in Bologna on July 20, 1890. He attends the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna from 1907 to 1913. In 1909 he encounters the work of Paul Cézanne, an encounter that has a substantial impact on Morandi. Around 1912 he makes first contact with the Futurists. In an event of the Futurists in the Teatro del Corso in Bologna in 1914, he gets to know Umberto Boccioni and Carlo Carrà. He participates in the “First Free Futurist Exhibition” in the Galleria Sprovieri in Rome the same year.
The artist also closely examines the Cubist style of Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, as well as the painting of Henri Rousseau. Around 1918/19 he turns to the “Pittura Metafisica” and takes on motifs of Giorgio de Chiricos in his paintings. He joins the group “Valori Plastici” in 1922. As early as in 1920, Morandi restricts his choice of subjetcs almost exclusively to still lifes, with the exception of a few landscapes. His favorite colors are gentle and delicate tones, such as an earthen yellow, ochre, gray blue and rose. His contemplative still lifes usually show just a few plain bottles, cups, bowls and jars, which he always arranges anew. The simple object’s plasticity is achieved by the right arrangement of light and dark areas. The objects are more and more reduced to their simple geometric shape as of the late 1930s, his stroke of brush remains visible, the attention is now turned to the application of the paint. He also dedicates his extensive graphic oeuvre and drawings to still lifes, which do not have a less harmonic and contemplative effect.
From 1914 to 1930 Giorgio Morandi works as a drawing teacher in Bologna. From 1930 to 1956 he teaches as professor for graphic art at the Accademia di Belle Arti in his hometown. Giorgio Morandi shows eleven works in his own bnooth at the first documenta in Kassel in 1955. A year later, after he had already retired, the artist goes onto his first journey abroad on occasion of a joint exhibition with Gabriele Manzù in Winterthur, which is also where he visits the collection Oskar Reinhart, the Kunsthaus Zurich and the Kunstmuseum in Basel. He is awarded the Grand Prize for Etchings at the fourth Biennale in Sao Paulo in 1957. Despite his artistic success, Giorgio Morandi leads a rather secluded life in Bologna, spending the summers in the small mountain village of Grizzana.

Giorgio Morandi dies in Bologna on June 18, 1964.

- Exhibitions
  • 2017

    Giorgio Morandi 1890–1964 - Gallery of European and American art XIX-XX centuries, Moscow.
    Giorgio Morandi, i colori del silenzio. Acqueforti, De Primi Fine Art, Lugano.
    A bright elegy – Giorgio Morandi, Repetto Gallery, London.

  • 2016

    Giorgio Morandi - Forme, Colori, Spazio, Luce - Museo Castello San Materno, Ascona
    Giorgio Morandi - Infinite Variations - Iwate Museum of Art, Morioka
    Il segno inciso di Giorgio Morandi. Matrici e stampe a confronto - MAMbo - Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna
    Il Segno Inciso Di Giorgio Morandi. Matrici E Stampe A Confronto - Museo Morandi, Bologna

  • 2015

    Giorgio Morandi - Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe
    Giorgio Morandi - Biografia a Fumetti - MAMbo - Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna
    Giorgio Morandi - David Zwirner, New York City, NY

  • 2014

    Giorgio Morandi: Dialogue with Morandi - National Museum Of Contemporary Art Korea - Deoksugung, Seoul
    Hommage an Morandi - Stadtgalerie Brixen, Brixen

  • 2013

    Giorgio Morandi E T C H I N G S - Hubertus Melsheimer Kunsthandel, Cologne
    Giorgio Morandi - BOZAR - Palais des Beaux-Arts / Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels
    Giorgio Morandi - Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London

  • 2012

    Giorgio Morandi No Brasil - Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre
    Giorgio Morandi - Museo d'Arte di Lugano, Lugano

  • 2011

    Morandi: Still Life - Robilant + Voena, London
    Giorgio Morandi - Galleria Frediano Farsetti, Florence
    Giorgio Morandi: Tres acuarelas y doce aguafuertes - Museo de Arte Abstracto Español, Cuenca

  • 2010

    Giorgio Morandi: tres acuarelas y doce aguafuertes - Museu d´Art Espanyol Contemporani (Fundación Juan March), Palma de Mallorca
    Le ragioni della forma - Galleria d'Arte Maggiore, Bologna
    Silenzi - Museo Fortuny, Venice
    Giorgio Morandi: Tres acuarelas y doce aguafuertes - Fundación Juan March, Madrid
    attorno a un'opera di Giorgio Morandi - Galleria Torbandena, Trieste
    About a Painting - Galleria Torbandena, Trieste

  • 2009

    Giorgio Morandi – Through Light - Imago Art Gallery, London
    Etchings - Hubertus Melsheimer Kunsthandel, Cologne
    Morandi. L'arte dell'incisione - Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara, FE
    Morandi: Master of Modern Still Life - The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
    Giorgio Morandi - MAMbo - Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna

  • 2008

    Giorgio Morandi, 1890–1964 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY
    Giorgio Morandi - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY

  • 2007

    L’Alibi Dell’Oggetto - Morandi E Gli Sviluppi Della Natura Morta In Italia - Fondazione Licia e Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti, Lucca, LU

  • 2006

    Giorgio Morandi - Paul Thiebaud Gallery - San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
    Giorgio Morandi - Paul Thiebaud Gallery - New York, New York City, NY
    Giorgio Morandi - disegni e acquarelli 1950-1964 - Galleria dello Scudo, Verona
    Secondo Morandi - Museo Morandi, Bologna
    Giorgio Morandi – Zeichnung – Malerei – Radierung - Kunstverein Talstrasse e.V., Halle, Saale
    Giorgio Morandi - Tätsel des Sichtbaren - Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Siegen

  • 2005

    Giorgio Morandi - Comparazioni - Galleria Marescalchi, Bologna
    Giorgio Morandi y la naturaleza muerta en Italia - Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo
    Giorgio Morandi - Landschaft - Quadrat Bottrop - Josef Albers Museum, Bottrop

  • 2004

    Giorgio Morandi - Lucas Schoormans Gallery, New York City, NY
    Giorgio Morandi - Paintings - Faggionato Fine Arts, London
    Giorgio Morandi - Galería Leandro Navarro, Madrid
    Giorgio Morandi - Natura morta 1914 - 1964 - Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal

  • 2003

    Giorgio Morandi - Paul Thiebaud Gallery - San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
    Giorgio Morandi - J&P Fine Art, Zurich
    Giorgio Morandi . Opere 1913 - 1956 - Galleria Torbandena, Trieste

  • 2002

    Giorgio Morandi: pintura e obras sobre papel de 1914 a 1963 - Fundação Arpad Szenes – Vieira da Silva, Lisbon

  • 2001

    Morandi - Dans l'écart du réel - Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris - MAM/ARC, Paris
    Giorgio Morandi - Tate Modern, London
    Giorgio Morandi - MAN - Museo d`Arte di Nuoro, Nuoro
    I fotografi e Morandi - Museo Morandi, Bologna

  • 2000

    I Morandi della Collezione Giovanardi - Museo Morandi, Bologna
    Giorgio Morandi - Gemälde, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen, Druckgraphik - Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur
    Giorgio Morandi - Galleria Civica d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea - GAM, Turin

  • 1999

    Morandi - Dean Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
    Morandi - exposición antológica - IVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia
    Morandi. A retrospective exhibition - Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

  • 1998

    The Later Morandi. 1950 – 1964 - Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
    Giorgio Morandi - Incisioni - Galleria Goethe, Bolzano
    Morandi ultimo - nature morte 1950-1963 - Galleria dello Scudo, Verona

  • 1997

    Giorgio Morandi - nature morte 1950-1963 - Galleria dello Scudo, Verona

  • 1996

    Expressive Ausdrucksformen - Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt
    Giorgio Morandi - Musée Maillol - Fondation Dina Vierny, Paris

  • 1995

    Giorgio Morandi - De aquarellen - Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam

  • 1992

    Giorgio Morandi: peintures et aquarelles - Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris

  • 1990

    Giorgio Morandi - K20 Grabbeplatz, Dusseldorf
    Giorgio Morandi - Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Tsu City

  • 1989

    Giorgio Morandi - The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, Kamakura

  • 1988

    Giorgio Morandi - Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere

  • 1985

    Giorgio Morandi - Musée Cantini, Marseille

  • 1982

    Giorgio Morandi - Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden
    Giorgio Morandi - Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA

  • 1981

    Giorgio Morandi - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY
    Giorgio Morandi - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
    Giorgio Morandi - Ölbilder, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen, Radierungen - Haus der Kunst München, Munich

  • 1980

    Giorgio Morandi - 80 Radierungen - Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn
    Morandi etchings - The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin

  • 1973

    Giorgio Morandi: Prints - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
    Giorgio Morandi - Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna (GNAM) , Rome

  • 1972

    Giorgio Morandi 1890 - 1964 - overzicht van zijn etsen - Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam

  • 1968

    Giorgio Morandi - Galleria de' Foscherari, Bologna
    Morandi Etchings - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
    Morandi Etchings - University Avenue, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

  • 1965

    Giorgio Morandi - Kunsthalle Bern, Bern

  • 1964

    Giorgio Morandi - Gemälde, Aquarelle, Druckgraphik - Städtisches Kunsthaus Bielefeld, Bielefeld

  • 1962

    Rubens-Preis der Stadt Siegen - Morandi - Staedtische Galerie Haus Seel, Siegen

  • 1954

    Giorgio Morandi - Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague

  • 1952

    Giorgio Morandi - Galleria del Cavallino, Venice

  • 1948

    Giorgio Morandi - Galleria del Cavallino, Venice

  • 1944

    Giorgio Morandi. opere della collezione Cardazzo - Galleria del Cavallino, Venice

  • 1943

    Giorgio Morandi - Galleria del Cavallino, Venice

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