Morandi 1890-1964 conceived and curated by Maria Cristina Bandera, due to the extent and quality of the works it is among the most important and complete retrospectives on the Bolognese painter carried out in recent decades, in continuity with the consolidated appreciation of his work in prestigious international venues, from the Metropolitan Museum in New York (2008), at the Pushkin in Moscow (2017), at the Guggenheim in Bilbao (2019).
More than thirty years after the last Milanese exhibition, the Morandi 1890 – 1964 exhibition opens to the public from 5 October until 4 February 2024 on the Piano Nobile of Palazzo Reale to celebrate the elective relationship between the city and the Bolognese painter.
In fact, the first great Morandi collectors such as Vitali, Feroldi, Scheiwiller, Valdameri, De Angeli, Jesi, Jucker, Boschi Di Stefano, Vismara were Lombard or lived in Milan - part of whose collections were donated to the city, and the Galleria del Milione, with whom the painter had a privileged relationship.
An exhibition corpus of around 120 works traces the entire oeuvre of the Bolognese artist - fifty years of activity, from 1913 to 1963 - through exceptional loans from important public institutions and prestigious private collections.
The exhibition itinerary follows a chronological criterion with targeted and original combinations that document the painter's stylistic evolution and modus operandi, 34 sections that tell the various phases of the Master's painting.