The Istituzione Galleria D'Arte Moderna di Bologna (Institution of Modern Art Gallery of Bologna) has a new space to add to its other locations: MAMbo (Modern Art Gallery), Museo Morandi (Morandi Museum), Villa delle Rose (Gallery) and the Museum dedicated to Ustica; it’s the house where Morandi lived and worked most of his life.
In 1933 the artist and his family moved to via Fondazza, 36. Morandi chose the room facing the courtyard, more secluded than the others, where the light filtered in from a window on the left side, with its garden view of flower beds and olive trees, as well as the rooftops brushed by the wind coming down from the hills. That view is portrayed in many of his works. In this room he would meditate , work and rest, in an uninterrupted dialogue between his reality and imagery. It is a microcosm where everything was source of interest to him; a place of utter simplicity that became his place of art; a fundamental element of his creative efforts.
The room-atelier, the atmosphere, his own belongings such as bottles, containers, jugs, kitchen utensils, boxes and other subjects of Morandi's still-life painting: they are all collected together in the flat on Via Fondazza.
Morandi's recently restored home, together with the extraordinary heritage of the Morandi Museum, are precious stops along the "Morandi itinerary" in Bologna. IT offers many opportunities for further research on the artist. Visitors can observe audio-video installations and other multimedia installations, and consult the library containing the artist's documents.
A special multi-use space hosts meetings, conferences and cultural events.
Studio d'Architettura Iosa Ghini handled the restoration project, sponsored by the Comune di Bologna (Bologna Municipality) and Unindustria Bologna.