Forty years after his first major show in Venice – a room dedicated to his work at the 1968 Venice Biennale – Morandini returns to Venice with an important exhibition at Ca’ Pesaro, to be held in concomitance with the Biennale Architecture – 11th International Architecture Exhibition.
Comprising more than 60 pieces, the show will include 34 wall sculptures and ‘structures’ in white- or black-lacquered wood that were produced over the period 1978-2008. All in all, these works of art, architecture and design chart 30 years of work by a multi-faceted figure who has engaged in endless research into geometrical form, mathematics and visual perception. Each piece reveals how, in all creative fields, Morandini has adopted a holistic approach that remains impervious to mere fashion.
Planned by Silvio Fuso, working together with Morandini himself, the exhibition occupies the large ground-floor areas of the museum, extending from Longhena’s large entrance hall to the inner courtyard and the exhibition spaces beyond. As well as large-scale projects, there are smaller objects and works that serve to cast light on the coherent logic and method Morandini adopts in all his three fields of activity: art, architecture and design. Visitors are thus given an insight into the whole of the creative process, from original inspiration to design project, from design project to the completion of works that are famous the world over.
Catalogue by Skira in English and Italian (224 pages, 400 illustrations), including texts by Silvio Fuso, Fabio Girardello, Lara Vinca Masini.
Created for Venice, the exhibition will – with further additions – move in February 2009 to the Neues Museum – Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design in Nürnberg.