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Contemporary Art and the Museo Morandi

Nam June Paik exhibit at Mambo

In 2007, Bologna's former Gallery of Modern Art metamorphized into MAMbo and in the Manifattura delle Arti, inaugurating its new home in the vast spaces of the Ex-Forno del Pane, a former industrial bakery that kept the city going during the First World War.

It holds an exceptional collection of contemporary Italian art, featuring recent acquisitions along with the museum's permanent collection with thematically arranged works from 1945 to the present.

The mezzanine has an extensive art book and newspaper library, while the first floor hosts frequent special exhibitions, often solo shows by big name Italian or foreign artists.

Museo Morandi

Still Life by Morandi

Bologna’s greatest modern painter, Giorgio Morandi hardly ever left the city. Although friends with Futurists and Metaphysicists in Ferrara, he kept to himself, quietly producing some of the 20th century’s most thoughtful, introspective paintings. After his death, his oldest sister Maria Teresa donated a number of his paintings to the city, which were combined with acquisitions by the Gallery of Modern Art in the Palazzo d'Accursio. After damage in the earthquake of 2012, the museum was relocated here.

The subject matter – bottles, boxes, a vase of flowers – is mundane, but Morandi’s fierce gaze transforms it with startling intensity; as Umberto Eco put it, he ‘made the dust sing’. There are also landscapes of Grizzana Morandi (the village where the painter spent his summers), portraits, drawings and sculptures.

MAMbo also arranges visits to the Casa Morandi

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Via Don Giovanni Minzoni 14

Hours Tues-Sun 10am-6.30pm; Thurs 10am-10pm

Adm €6, €4 for ages 18-25 and over 65, under 18 free. Permanent collection free first Sunday of the month. Special exhibitions full price €6 or €10 with the permanent collection and the Museo Morandi.

+39 051 649 6611

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by Conan, Lenore, Creative Commons License