Welcome to the exhibition in fantasy.
Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964) is considered to be one of the most significant painters in the Italian art history of the 20's century. Continuing to paint bottles and jars in his home studio in Bologna, he life as an artist seemed to be proudly independent. His works later on had influenced various artists such as American pop artists including Andy Warhol, as well as photographers including Bernd and Hilla Becher in Germany. Although this book was once scheduled to be published as an exhibition catalogue in this spring commemorating a large-scaled exhibition held in Japan after an interval of 20 years, it was postponed as the exhibition was cancelled due to the Tohoku Earthquake. It is now going to be published as the very first book of his paintings in Japan with some revisions made to the original contents.
He once had influenced by metaphysical art, which later on was developed into surrealism, and by others such as cubism, yet kept some distance from those various art movements occurred at that time. He remained confident in himself as a figurative painter even in his later years, opposing directly to those who pointed out relations between his works and abstract art.
In this book, you will find approximately 70 pieces of Morandi's works, as well as 17 pieces from the series "Atelier MORANDI" by a photographer Luigi Ghirri who is also known for being in charge of book covers for "Suga Atsuko Complete Works", along with abundant texts by a prominent Western art historian Atsushi Okada, Toshiyuki Horie, Kenjiro Okazaki and others. Why did he keep painting the same bottles and jars over and over again?- This is to explore the truth of Morandi's works filled with mysteries still remain.
Contributors: Atsushi Okada, Kenjiro Okazaki, Toshiyuki Horie and other.
Luigi Ghirri photography exhibition "Atelier MORANDI"
26 November - 21 December, 2011
10:00 - 18:00 Closed on Sundays and National holidays Hugo's workshop & elchemy
From-1st 211, Minami-Aoyama 5-3-10, Minato-ku, Tokyo
The series "Atelier MORAND" is taken by the Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri who is from Northern Italy same as Morandi.
The shooting was done from November 1989 till the next summer at Morandi's studio in his hometown Bologna, also at his summer house in a suburb called Grizzana.
Inside the room that everything remains as it was since Morandi passed away in 1964 has been captured by Ghirri's camera.