As part of the Italy-China Year of Culture and Tourism 2022, the Italian Cultural Institute in Shanghai and the Consulate General of Italy in Shanghai, in collaboration with the Jiushi Art Museum, announce a solo show by Giorgio Morandi, in program from 1 July to 9 October.
The exhibition, curated by the art historian Stefano Zuffi, exhibits 51 works by the Italian painter, including 39 oil paintings, 6 engravings, 4 watercolors and 2 sketches. These works come from various institutions, including the Morandi Museum in Bologna and the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome. The exhibition divides Morandi's career into three sections: the early years (from the 10s to the 20s of the last century), the apex (from the 30s to the 40s) and the twilight (from the 50s to 60's).
Morandi (1890–1964) was born in Bologna; at 17 he attended the Academy of Fine Arts, where he returned in 1930 as a teacher. In 1929 the artist participated for the first time in the Venice Biennale and in 1948 he was awarded the Grand Prize for Painting by the international jury of the 29th Venice Biennale. Five years later, he won the Gold Award for engravings at the II Biennale di San Paolo. In 1962 Morandi was made an honorary member of the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. The painter - adept at incorporating the best of several art schools including Cubism, Impressionism and Traditional Chinese Painting - is a master of visual art, with a deep understanding of spatial order, structural form and color combination.