The Museo Morandi (Morandi Museum) is continually enhancing its collection through a program of temporary exhibitions aimed at juxtaposing Giorgio Morandi's works to those of artists who were inspired by him. From March 25 to September 3, 2017 two rooms of the museum will host the exhibition Catherine Wagner. In Situ: Traces of Morandi featuring 21 works made by the American artist between 2015 and 2016. During her more than thirty-year career Catherine Wagner has studied "constructed environments" as metaphors of the way we create our cultural identities. Wagner uses photography to investigate the different ways through which we have shaped the world. Over the last few years Wagner spent time in Bologna working in the studio of Casa Morandi, the former home of Morandi. Wagner also worked in Morandi’s Grizzana home, studying Morandi's rigorous structural process and his poetical still lives. Wagner imagined new still lives with objects that the Bolognaise artist used to depict in his paintings, using them to create, both formally and conceptually, new compositions.
In Situ: Traces of Morandi is accompanied by a bilingual Italian/English catalogue published by Edizioni MAMbo, including an interview to the artist edited by Giusi Vecchi, the curator of the exhibit and a critical article by Peter Benson Miller, Andrew Heiskell Arts Director at the American Academy of Rome. The exhibition was made in collaboration with Anglim Gilbert Gallery of San Francisco, Luisotti Gallery of Los Angeles, and with help from the University of California Education Abroad program, Bologna.