He 'Made the Dust Sing'
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 best paintings.
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, sculptures and a reconstruction of his studio.
Morandi's 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, temporarily they say, within MAMbo.
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