2018 ® GR gallery

Gino Morandis (Venice, 1915-1994)

Gino Morandis attended the renowned Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice under the guidance of Italian painter and poet Virgilio Guidi whom he will later follow to Bologna’s Fine Art Academy, together with his friend L. Gaspari. In Bologna, Morandi attended renowned painter Giorgio Morandi’s classes thus enriching Guidi’s teachings about light and concentrating on the emotional value of color nuances. In 1932, at a very young age, Morandis began to exhibit his artworks by participating in a Collective Exhibition organized by the Foundation Bevilacqua La Masa. The artist, who graduated in painting in 1937, exhibited at the Second Quadrennial in Rome in 1935 but was soon enrolled in the army in 1938 and forced to give up his art until 1943.

From 1943 to 1945, Morandis became Guidi teaching assistant in Bologna; he later taught fine arts at the Venice Art School and at the Venice Academy of Fine Arts. Towards the end of the forties, Morandis and his friends Gaspari and Bacci were very much in the center of cultural activities in ‘the city on the lagoon”, often participating to artistic debates that followed the re-opening of the Biennale with its historic 1948 edition. In the early fifties Morandis will become a member of the Spatial Art Movement and met gallerist C. Cardazzo; as a spatialist, he participated, in 1952, to two seminal group shows: in Venice at Galleria del Cavallino and in Trieste at Casanova Gallery. In the fifties, Morandis artwork took on a special role within the spatial movement due to his particular sensibility to color nuances, accompanied by a strong formal vocation which led him to develop a pure language of abstraction to express the imaginary universe of his personal introspection.

In 1951 he won the Saviat prize at the Michetti Prize and in 1964 he won the national competition to paint the frescoes for the New General Hospital of the University of Padua. He later participated in many significant national and international exhibitions among which the Venice Biennale editions of 1936, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1962 and 1968 (where he had his own showroom) and in the Quadrennial in Rome, editions of 1935, 1951, 1955, 1959, 1972.

this is an emotion that will reveal itself as unusual, and, at the same time, gives doubts and enchant the artist as much as the art lover

Giovanni Granzotto
2018 ® GR gallery