Morandi’s Objects Joel Meyerowitz

Damiani presents Morandi’s Objects by Joel Meyerowitz, the first exhibition in the publisher’s new gallery space at via dello Scalo 3/2 abc, Bologna. With this exhibition and publication produced by Damiani, celebrated American photographer Joel Meyerowitz pays tribute to the Bolognese painter Giorgio Morandi and realizes his dream of photographing the objects Morandi painted in his splendid still lifes. The exhibition will present about 20 works in various sizes, and will be on view from 23 October 2015 until 1 February 2016.

Thanks to the support of the Istituzione Bologna Musei | Museo Morandi, Meyerowitz was granted access to the rooms in Casa Morandi, where the painter’s objects still remain. Taking over 700 photographs, the American photographer completed a profoundly taxonometric survey of 270 dust-covered objects in the small room where Morandi worked: vases, shells, bottles of all sizes, painted over, filled with raw pigments, colored bottles or plain, silk flowers, jugs, boxes, tin cans, funnels, and more. Meyerowitz treated his photographs as portraits, turning each object slowly until one facet spoke more clearly than any other and revealed the secret identity that Morandi valued each object for.  

Meyerowitz worked at Morandi’s table, where the light still falls, as it always has, on the circles and lines the painter drew to mark the positions of his objects. The background remains as Morandi left it, a pale, rosy golden paper that is brittle and ready to crumble at the slightest touch. His presence is in the room. As the essayist Maggie Barrett affirms, “entering the studio of such an important artist means exploring his soul in depth; a place inviting the visitor to translate these objects into a meaningful portrait of the artist.”

Photographs © Luca Capuano and Carlo Favero

Morandi's Objects by Joel Meyerowitz23 October, 2015 - February 1, 2016
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