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Giorgio Morandi. Infinite variations

Kobe, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art (8 December 2015 - 14 February 2016)
Tokyo Station Gallery (20 February - 10 April 2016)
Iwate Museum of Art (16 April - 5 June 2016)

Istituzione Bologna Musei |Museo Morandi and The Tokyo Shimbun collaborate to organize the exhibition Giorgio Morandi. Infinite variations which, after the first two stages in Kobe and Tokyo is currently running at Iwate Museum of Art.

This new show explores the theme of Still life, the artistic research that has characterized the work of Morandi for the full range of his activity. His fame is linked to compositions of bottles, boxes, vases and other objects, which become pretexts for a survey which shows the geometric aspect and the formal purity of volumes. To emphasize this aspect of his work, the curators will make a choice of Still lifes to illustrate the different stages of this research. In particular we will try to underline the persistence of certain objects within the composition, their different arrangement in space enough to make each painting a picture totally different and always unique. These are elements of daily life that Morandi sometimes placed in rows on the table top, sometimes in groups of rather tight formation. The artist deals with this type of investigation even in his Landscapes and Flowers. The houses actually are simple volumes equal to his boxes and his silk flowers are ideal and recurrent models. Some significant examples of these two genres of painting will join the Still Lifes in the show.

The exhibition, curated by Lorenza Selleri and Giusi Vecchi, will include more than fifty paintings and about fifty works on paper (watercolors, etchings and drawings) mostly from the Museo Morandi collection and from other important public and private Italian collections. The exhibition path will be also enriched by three paintings and two etchings from Japanese museums and private collections.
For this occasion the Tokyo Shimbun, the main exhibition's organizer in collaboration with Museo Morandi, will publish a bilingual catalogue (Japanese/English) reproducing all exhibited works.

The show is patronized by the Italian Embassy in Tokyo, the Italian Institute of Culture in Tokyo and the City of Bologna, realized in collaboration with Alitalia – Compagnia Aerea Italina S.p.A. and sponsored by Dai Nippon Printing Co.,Ltd.