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The metaphysical Morandi. Three drawings. A history

Casa Morandi

Casa Morandi consolidates the programming of exhibition events dedicated to artists who, with their work and through different media, have established a relationship with Giorgio Morandi. In this regard, on Thursday, February 1 will be arranged the exhibition  The metaphysical Morandi. Three drawings. A history that will remain on display until on May 5, 2024.

The works by Morandi, where a stylistic resemblance to those by the main representatives of metaphysics can be perceived, are twenty-one (also including those that oscillate between metaphysics and "Valori Plastici") and are mainly oil paintings. These canvases are preserved mostly in a few important Italian museums (unfortunately, the canvas that belonged to Roberto Longhi was stolen in 1981 and, as of today, hasn't been found yet). The Morandi Museum owns three drawings that, even if they are chronologically successive to the period that runs from the summer 1918 to the late autumn 1919 when Morandi approached metaphysics, can fully belong to that taste. In fact, those rare and precious sheets, sketched with ink, respectively portray two metaphysical still lifes similar to the paintings (V.43 and V.44) and a flowerpot which, instead, recalls the emblematic painting (V.56) of the following season of "Valori Plastici". Actually, the three drawings date back to the same period, as we can infer from the paper on which they were sketched, even though with a nearly descriptive accuracy. In fact, Morandi used the verse of the library coupons from the famous art publishing house "Valori Plastici", founded in 1918 by the artist and editor Mario Broglio. Unsurprisingly, the sheets come from the archival collection of the Roman magazine and, after being auctioned off in Rome in April 1999, they were purchased by the Municipality of Bologna, thus enriching the Morandi Museum's collection. As written by Marilena Pasquali in the Finarte catalogue: "I think that the young Morandi, during a meeting with Mario Broglio which was most likely held in Bologna, wanted to tell his friend which paintings he wished to be published in the fourth issue of ‘Valori Plastici’ (1921)". Then Pasquali adds: "I think these paintings may date back to 1919-1920; some poeticalness and diversity is combined with their intrinsic documentary and historical value".

The focus was created with the intention of documenting this brief period in Morandi's artistic career by juxtaposing the drawings, the models that Morandi used for his metaphysical works and a documentary corpus of letters, texts and photographs.


Opening hours:

Saturday h 14.00 - 17.00

Sunday h 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. / 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Special opening hours during ART CITY Bologna 2024:

Thursday 1 and Friday 2 February h 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Saturday 3rd February 10am - 10pm

Sunday 4 February h 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.