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The Arts Intel Report

A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Giorgio Morandi: 1890–1964

Until Feb 4, 2024
Piazza del Duomo, 12, 20122 Milano MI, Italy

It’s easy to conjure up a work by Giorgio Morandi. Close your eyes and a nature morte immediately takes shape: a lopsided pitcher, perhaps, executed in fluffy paint strokes and a muted color palette. Before landing on his distinctive style, which borrowed heavily from Cézanne, Morandi studied from 1907 to 1913 at Bologna’s Accademia di Belle Arti, where he learned how to etch by studying Rembrandt in books. He entered the army in 1915, but was soon discharged due to a breakdown. Morandi abandoned lofty painting principles and instead focused on work that was pure in form. In this exhibition, 120 works trace the artist’s entire career. It’s a landmark show. —Elena Clavarino