As part of the 2022 Italy-China Year of Culture and Tourism, the Shanghai Italian Cultural Institute and the Shanghai Italian Consulate General, in association with the Jiushi Art Museum, announce a solo exhibition of Giorgio Morandi, scheduled to run between 1 July and 9 October.
The exhibition, curated by art historian Stefano Zuffi, is showing 51 works by the Italian artist, including 39 oil paintings, 6 etchings, 4 watercolours and 2 sketches. These works are on loan from various institutions including the Museo Morandi of Bologna and the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome. The exhibition divides Morandi’s career into three sections: the initial years (from the 1910s to the 1920s), the peak years (from the 1930s to the 1940s) and the declining years (from the 1950s to the 1960s).
Morandi (1890-1964) was born in Bologna: he began studying at the Academy of Fine Art at 17, and returned to teach there in 1930. In 1929, he took part in the Venice Biennale, winning the Grand Prize for painting in 1948 awarded by the international jury at the 29th Venice Biennale. Five years afterwards, he won gold for his etchings at the II Bienal of Sao Paulo. He was appointed as an honorary member of the Academy of Art of Florence. The artist – who could incorporate the best of various schools of art, including cubism, impressionism and traditional Chinese painting – is a master of the visual arts, with an in-depth understanding of spatial order, structural form and colour combinations.