Morandi. Infinite Resonance

SEP.24.2021         JAN.09.2022

Giorgio Morandi

Giorgio Morandi
Natura Morta [Still life], 1941
Istituzione Bologna Musei | Museo Morandi
© Giorgio Morandi, VEGAP, Madrid, 2021

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Exhibition

 

SEP.24.2021        JAN.09.2022

Where

Recoletos Exhibition Hall
Paseo Recoletos 23, 28004 Madrid

Tel: 915 81 61 00

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Opening hours:
Mondays (except holidays): 2 pm – 8 pm
Tuesday to Saturday: 11 am – 8 pm
Sunday and holidays: 11 am – 7 pm

Closed:
December 25th, January 1st and 6th

Limited opening hours:
December 24th and 31th, January 5th: 11 am – 3 pm

*The evacuation of the hall starts 10 minutes before closing time. Last access (7:30 pm or 6:30 pm) only allows a 20 minutes tour to the exhibitions.

How to arrive

Buses: 5 – 14 – 27 – 37 – 45 – 53 – 150
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Subway: Line 4 (Colón), line 2 (Banco de España) and line 5 (Chueca)
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Audioguides

Available online in Spanish and English. Accessible via mobile without downloads or installations.

Also available in audio device obtainable in the hall (if available).

Price: €4

Accessibility

Ramp for wheelchair access – The three floors of the hall are accessed by a generously-sized elevator.

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Morandi. Infinite Resonance is a retrospective exhibition of Giorgio Morandi’s work (Bologna, 1890-1964), one of the most significant and unclassifiable artists in the history of twentieth century art. The Italian painter barely traveled outside Italy and spent almost his entire life in his home and studio on Via Fondazza on Bologna. Here he engaged in creating work in which everyday objects, flowers and landscapes became the protagonists, with the intention of producing, as noted by Ardengo Soffici, “a harmonious composition of colors, shapes and volumes that exclusively obeyed the rules of unity, like the beauty of consensus.”

Exhibition organized by Fundación MAPFRE and Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera.

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Important: An extensive renovation of our online ticket box is currently in progress. The new application will go live on December 1. For this reason, reservations of any type of ticket after that date will not be available until then. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. Thank you very much.

Individual

PLUS Ticket

  • TICKET and AUDIO GUIDE for Morandi. Infinite Resonance and Judith Joy Ross. The audio guide is accessible online, from the Smartphone, without downloads or installations. An audio device can also be requested in the room (if available).
  • Price: PLUS General Admission: €9. PLUS Reduced Admission: €7.
  • Don’t forget to bring your headphones!

Guided Tour

  • In a tour of approximately one hour, our cultural mediators comment on the main works of the exhibition. An attractive approach to the importance and meaning of Morandi's work.
  • Price: 7€. The ticket also allows to visit Judith Joy Ross.
  • Hours: Tuesdays to Thursdays: 11.30 am, 12:30 am and 5.30 pm. By current health prevention regulations, each group will be made up of a maximum of 10 visitors.
  • The visit is carried out with an audio-guided system. Disposable headphones are provided, but you can bring your own headphones with you if you prefer.

Individual Ticket

  • Allows to visit Morandi. Infinite Resonance and Judith Joy Ross.
  • General admission: €5.
  • Reduced admission: €3 (Beneficiaries of reduced admission).
  • Free Access (0€): Mondays (except holidays) from 2 pm to 8 pm.

The beneficiaries of free admission must obtain their ticket at the ticket office in the room.

MAPFRE Clients and Collaborating Entities

  • MAPFRE policyholders have 2 free tickets for these exhibitions. If you're accessing for the first time, check out these simple guidelines.
  • If you belong to any of the entities that collaborate with Fundación MAPFRE, you must obtain your reduced ticket (€ 1) at the ticket office in the room.

Audioguides

  • If you have already purchased a ticket and want to add the audio guide, you can purchase it here. Price: 4 €
  • Don't forget to bring your headphones!

Groups

Group Visit

  • It's mandatory for the Group Visit to have a guide or person in charge. To request a guide from the Foundation, ask please for information and rates to: cultura@fundacionmafpre.org
  • The group must be made up of a minimum of 6 people. Currently, and due to health prevention measures, the maximum number of members (guide included) is 11 pax.
  • The use of an audio-guiding system is mandatory for the visit. If you do not have one, then you must purchase the ticket Group Visit (with audio guide system), which includes the rental of this service.
  • Schedule: From Tuesdays to Fridays: 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm. 
  • Maximum duration of the visit: 60 min.
  • The formalization of the reservation implies the acceptance of these Rules for group visit.

€3/pax.

Group Visit (with audio-guiding system)

  • It's mandatory for the Group Visit to have a guide or person in charge. To request a guide from the Foundation, ask please for information and rates to: cultura@fundacionmafpre.org
  • The group must be made up of a minimum of 6 people. Currently, and due to health prevention measures, the maximum number of members (guide included) is 11 pax.
  • The use of an audio-guiding system is mandatory for the visit. This ticket includes it. Disposable headphones are provided, but you can bring your own headphones with you if you prefer.
  • If the group have already its own equipment, you must then purchase the ticket Group Visit.
  • Schedule: From Tuesdays to Fridays: 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm.
  • Maximum duration of the visit: 60 min.
  • The formalization of the reservation implies the acceptance of these Rules for group visit.

€4/pax.

Schools

Educational activities for schools are developed entirely in Spanish. If you are interested please check the pertinent pages in that language.

Families

Educational activities for families are developed entirely in Spanish. If you are interested please check the pertinent pages in that language.

Important:

  • All tickets allow access to all three exhibitions.
  • Tickets changes or returns are not allowed except for justified force majeure.
  • Reduced capacity for health prevention. Get your ticket at the online box office from here to avoid waiting.

Fundación MAPFRE organizes exhibitions that focus on the period between the late nineteenth and mid-twentieth century, helping us to unravel the paths that lead to contemporary artistic creation. In the field of Italian art, an exhibition was held in 2019 entitled Boldini and Spanish Painting in the Late Nineteenth Century. The Spirit of an Era, following on from a series of exhibitions on the movements that defined the evolution of art in Italy: Macchiaioli. Impressionist Realism in Italy (2013), followed by From Divisionism to Futurism. Italian Art and Modernity (2016) and Return to Beauty. Italian Masterpieces from Between the Wars (2017).

After these precedents, in 2021 the Foundation turned its attention to the ‘master of masters’: painter Giorgio Morandi, whose poetry proved to be among the most challenging and transcendental in the history of twentieth century art.

The exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of Morandi’s output in seven sections that address all the themes the artist loved, primarily still lifes, landscapes, and vases of flowers. The earlier part of the exhibition features the paintings Self-Portrait and Bathers, two of the few examples of human representation in his work. In addition, throughout the exhibition visitors will find a selection of works by other contemporary artists who managed to establish a dialogue with the language of the Italian artist in different media (mainly photography, painting, sculpture and ceramics). Notable among these artists are Tony Cragg, Tacita Dean, Joel Meyerowitz, Luigi Ontani, Rachel Whiteread, Edmund de Waal, Alfredo Alcaín and Gerardo Rueda, to name but a few.

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Metaphysical painting: at the end of the First World War, Morandi’s interests turned to the so-called ‘metaphysical painting’, which he read about in the magazine Valori Plastici (1918-1921), by Mario Broglio. This movement started with the aim of overcoming futurism and embracing a type of art that was more in line with the new realism painting of the return to order.

After working for a few months with Giorgio de Chirico and Carlo Carrà, the founders of this pictorial movement, Morandi’s works became filled with the mannequins, spheres and geometric elements typical of this new trend, whose works are characterized by a sense of estrangement, as if what they represented were beyond reality.

Still lifes and floral motifs: after definitively abandoning all kinds of trends or fashions and distancing himself from avant-garde movements, Morandi found in the objects that surrounded him the common thread of a consistent poetry, seemingly immobile and always true to itself, yet actually traversed by tiny variations depending on the color palette he used and the changing light of the setting.

The bottles, jugs, vases and flowers proved to be fertile ground in which to develop a language that sought a direct relationship with reality. In Morandi’s work, it seems that the objects themselves speak the language of painting.

Landscapes: along with still life, landscape was the other genre that Morandi resorted to the most in his patient investigation of limited themes. The painter almost always repeated the same scenes: the surroundings of his summer house in Grizzana or the courtyard he could see through the window of his home in Bologna. These are austere compositions, devoted to naturalism and highly structured, a trait he inherited from Cézanne. Painting indoors, he often used a telescope or a window that served as a frame for the canvas itself, in a tradition that dates back to the Renaissance period, something that makes the Bologna-based painter a faithful continuum of humanism.

Dialogue with contemporary artists: today, art critics and historians agree that Morandi’s legacy has become a touchstone for contemporary art. His influence extends to a wide range of artists with differing sensibilities who, each using his or her own technique and medium, have managed to interpret his expressive repertoire to find in his language their own answers to the questions of our time. There are numerous artists, writers and filmmakers who, from different physical and conceptual locations, continue to establish a dialogue with the ‘soul’ of Morandi’s production. This exhibition highlights this relationship through the works of around twenty creators: Alfredo Alcaín, Juan José Aquerreta, Carlo Benvenuto, Dis Berlin, Bertozzi & Casoni, Lawrence Carroll, Tony Cragg, Tacita Dean, Ada Duker, Andrea Facco, Alexandre Hollan, Joel Meyerowitz, Luigi Ontani, Gerardo Rueda, Alessandro Taiana, Riccardo Taiana, Franco Vimercati, Edmund de Waal, Catherine Wagner and Rachel Whiteread.

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The exhibition Morandi. Infinite resonance is accompanied by a two-volume catalogue. The first focuses on the work of Giorgio Morandi and the second is devoted to the echoes of his art in contemporary creation. Both reproduce all the works on display.

Volume I, in Spanish and Catalan, includes an essay by Daniela Ferrari and a biography of the artist by Beatrice Avanzi, both curators at the Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (MART) and the curators of this exhibition. It also features a text by the writer and philosopher Andrea Pinotti, professor of aesthetics at the Università degli Studi in Milan, and a biography of Morandi by Lorenza Selleri, curator of the Museo Morandi in Bologna.

Volume II, in Spanish, includes the work of the contemporary creators and an essay by Alessia Massi, curator of the Museo Morandi in Bologna and academic advisor for the selection of works by these artists.

Buy this publication at the point of sale of our exhibition hall

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