Giorgio Morandi (1890–1964) is one of the great protagonists of modern Italian art. Morandi has assumed cult status, especially within circles of art connoisseurs, and has been called an “artist of artists”. Transgressing generations, Morandi has fascinated artists, authors, poets, designers and photographers alike and continues to do so to this day. Filmmakers and presidents can also be added to this list – where Federico Fellini’s classic La Dolce Vita is one of the more illustrious examples, as is Barack Obama’s inclusion of two Morandi paintings in the White House art collection.
To name but a few examples, Giorgio Morandi was showcased at Tate Modern in London in 2001. This exhibition then toured to Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris the following year. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York also dedicated a solo exhibition to Morandi in 2008. Morandi has never before been substantially showcased in an exhibition in Sweden, nor in the Scandinavian region.