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Herbert List, Italian Painter Giorgio Morandi, 1953. © Herbert List Estate, Hamburg, Germany (detail)
Herbert List, Italian Painter Giorgio Morandi, 1953. © Herbert List Estate, Hamburg, Germany (detail)

Giorgio Morandi (1890 – 1964) was specialized in still life and landscapes. His paintings are noted for their tonal subtlety in depicting apparently simple subjects, which were limited mainly to vases, bottles, bowls, flowers and landscapes. With great sensitivity to tone, color, and compositional balance, he would depict the same familiar bottles and vases again and again in paintings notable for their simplicity of execution. Although born and brought up in a petty-bourgeois family his father was in a position to further his great son through. From 1908 to 1913 Morandi studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna. At the Accademia Morandi taught himself to etch by studying books on Rembrandt. Even though he spent his entire life in Bologna, Morandi was influenced by the works of Cézanne, Derain, and Picasso. In 1914, Morandi was taken on as a drawing teacher in elementary schools in Bologna, a position he held until 1930.

In 1915, he joined the army but suffered a breakdown and in 1917, he was indefinitely discharged from the forces. During the war, Morandi’s still lifes became more and more simplistic in their compositional elements and purer in form. The Pittura Metafisica phase in Morandi’s work lasted from 1918 to 1922. From 1930 to 1956, Morandi was professor of printmaking at Accademia di Belle Arti. The 1948 Venice Biennale awarded him first prize for painting. When Morandi died in 1964, he was a world famous painter. His works are now owned by and exhibited in international museums and private collections.

Exhibitions

Publications

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2021
Giorgio Morandi: Major Works from the Cerruti Collection

Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin, Italy
 

2021
Giorgio Morandi. La collection Magnani-Rocca

Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble, France

2021-22
Morandi. Infinite Resonance

Fundación MAPFRE, Madrid, Spain

2020
Re-Collecting: Morandi Racconta: Il Fascino Segreto Sei Suoi Fiori

Museo Morandi, Bologna, Italy

2018-19
A Backward Glance: Giorgio Morandi and the Old Masters

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain

2018
Giorgio Morandi - Licht und Farbe

Städtische Galerie Villingen-Schwenningen, Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany

2017
Giorgio Morandi

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2017
Giorgio Morandi

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2017
Giorgio Morandi. A bright elegy

Repetto Gallery, London, UK

2017
Giorgio Morandi 1890–1964

The Pushkin Museum of the Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia

2016
Giorgio Morandi. Forme, Colori, Spazio, Luce

Museo di Castello di San Materno, Ascona, Switzerland

2015
Morandi. Infinite variantions

Prefectural Museum of Art, Hyogo, Japan, travelled to, Station Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, Iwate Museum of Art, Iwate, Japan

2015
Morandi in Calcogafia

Instituto Centrale per la Grafica – Calcografia, Rome, Italy

2015
Morandi 1890-1964

Complesso del Vittoriano, Romae, Italy

2015
Giorgio Morandi

David Zwirner, New York, NY, USA

2015
Giorgio Morandi

CIMA, New York, NY, USA

2014
Dialogues with Morandi

Deaksungung –National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

2012
Giorgio Morandi

Museo d'Arte di Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland

2011
Die Stille der Dinge. Giorgio Morandi und Christina von Bitter

Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren, Kaufbeuren, Germany

2011
Giorgio Morandi

Galleria Frediano Farsetti, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

2011
Giorgio Morandi. Tres acuarelas y doce aguafuertes

Museo de Arte Abstracto Español, Cuenca, Spain

2010
Giorgio Morandi: Tres acuarelas y doce aguafuertes

Fundación Juan March, Madrid, Spain

2010
Attorno a un'opera di Giorgio Morandi / About a Painting by Giorgio Morandi

Galleria Torbandena, Trieste, Italy

2010
Silenzi

Museo Fortuny, Venice, Italy

2010
Le ragioni della forma

Galleria d'Arte Maggiore, Bologna, Italy

2010
Giorgio Morandi: tres acuarelas y doce aguafuertes

Museu d’Art Espanyol Contemporani (Fundación Juan March), Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Group exhibitions
2021-22
Von Erde schöner. The collections of the MGKSiegen

MGKSiegen, Siegen, Germany

2020
Identities

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

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2019
On Flower Power. The Role of the Vase in Arts, Crafts and Design

Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy

2018-20
European Masterpieces from the Mellon Collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, FL, USA

2018
The Myriad Forms of Visual Art: 196 Works with 19 Themes

National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan

2018-19
Uncannily Real: Italian Painting of the 1920s

Museum Folkwang Essen, Essen, Germany

2018-19
Metaphysical Masterpieces 1916-1920

Center for Italian Modern Art, Soho, New York, NY, USA

2015
Giorgio Morandi & Ettore Spalletti. A dialogue of light

Galleria d’Arte Maggiore, Bologna, Italy

2014
From Picasso to Magritte: European Masters from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA, USA

2012
documenta 13

Fridericanum, Kassel, Germany

1990
Realtà e visione: Giorgio Morandi, Balthus, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, William Bailey, Fernando Botero, Roy Lichtenstein, Piero Guccione

Galleria il Gabbiano, Rome, Italy

1988
Realismo magico – Pittura e scultura in Italia 1919 – 1925

Galleria dello Scudo, Verona, Italy

1988
Années 50

Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France

1988
Mythos Italien. Wintermärchen Deutschland

Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

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