Giorgio Morandi at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents a major exhibition about still life’s painter Giorgio Morandi. The presentation is focused on Morandi’s formation, with the intention to expand on the monographic approach seen in a number of retrospectives and solo exhibitions to date, presenting his works in the context of artists he studied and drew inspiration from.
A Backward Glance: Giorgio Morandi and the Old Masters investigates three precedents from three European countries, focusing on premodernist, pre-nineteenth-century references. These are Spanish seventeenth-century painting and the still-life tradition, the Bolognese painters from the late sixteenth to the early eighteenth centuries, and the still-life and genre works of the eighteenth-century French artist Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin. Morandi imbued his images of vases, bottles, and boxes with all the theatricality of the Spanish Golden Age, the naturalism of the Italian Seicento, and the intimacy that Chardin brought to the world of everyday objects.