A family history
Opening Thursday 20 December - 6 p.m.
20 December 2018 - 16 February 2019
As the end of 2018 approaches, Galleria d'Arte Maggiore g.a.m. has saved for last a major show for its annual exhibition program to celebrate its first forty years of activity. For this important goal, the gallery director Alessia Calarota has curated a considerable Giorgio Morandi Retrospective in the gallery's historical location. Giorgio Morandi was immediately followed and supported with great attention by the founders Franco and Roberta Calarota, and today he is the painter who better embodies the gallery's worldwide promotion of the most prominent artists of the XX Century. The exhibition features a selection of oils, watercolors, drawings and etchings, from the famous still lives to the refined vases of flowers and the solitary landscapes, revealing all the silent but deeply intense pictorial innovation of Morandi, suspended between reality and abstraction and still today being a source of inspiration for the contemporary generations of artists. Inside the catalogue which accompanies the exhibition it's also possible to retrace the perpetual bond between the gallery and the artist.
«The fundamental man of today's Italian art, a required step». This is how Francesco Arcangeli defined Giorgio Morandi in 1961, words that today fit in perfectly thanks to an upgrowing interest on the artist at an International level, from the most refined and careful collectionism and critics, curators and well known artists.
The exhibition at Galleria d'Arte Maggiore g.a.m. starts from the artist's hometown, Bologna, and wants to give a full portrait of him, a window overlooking his domestic and intimate world but always capable of broadening to a more universal story. Works to be seen over and over in order to always find new suggestions, as Umberto Eco wrote while narrating on when he first met Morandi at the Pinacoteca Civica di Alessandria during his high school years: «and among those paintings, there was a piece of Morandi. It was a revelation for me, an epiphany. For fifteen days, until the exibithion closed, I was there every afternoon, every day just to see the Morandi again and again. (...) About that faraway experience, I keep a memory, maybe the most intense one: what would surprise and attract me during those visits was the fact that each day that painting would look different to me». A variability even more surprising as it is related to the extreme scarcity of themes, to few and simple objects surrounded by an atmosphere suspended in time and space, in silence and meditation. An ongoing dialogue between light, shape and colour develops underneath the surface of the figure and beyond the represented subject which emptied out its original meaning to embrace a new one, a pictorial vocabulary ruled by light. «We can say that it is an art where nothing happens by chance», it is what is been said about a Morandi still life in a scene of the movie La dolce vita: maybe it is exactly this feeling of non chance and unavoidable suspension of the subjects that never makes Morandi's art for its own sake but always in dialogue with the public's eye.
This retrospective is the last chapter of a long history of exhibitions dedicated to the artist by Galleria d'Arte Maggiore g.a.m., both in its historical location in Bologna and in its latest opening in Milan, where an exhibition about Morandi's etchings has just closed. Monographic exhibitions have been alteranted with dialogues, both with old masters, such as the exhibition "Giorgio Morandi. Giorgio de Chirico. Poesia e mistero si incontrano / Giorgio Morandi. Giorgio de Chirico. Poetry and mistery meet", and more contemporary artists such as Ettore Spalletti, Tong Yanrunan and Robert Ryman in an exhibition organized in Los Angeles. Many collaborations have been achieved with prestigious institutions in Italy and abroad: from the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, through the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art of London, to Museo di Palazzo Fortuny in Venice, just to mention a few of them.