The exhibition of Morandi's work is presented in Paris in the Museum of Modern Art with a selection of his 1940-1960 production of still-lifes. 57 paintings and 28 drawings are on show from 5th October 2001 to 6th January 2002.
I have always wondered why the few Morandi’s I had seen before this exhibition had always remained in my mind, unaltered with time, so this traveling exhibition in the Modern Art Museum of Paris, coming from London’s Tate Modern, gave me an opportunity to investigate this mystery .
I think many people have a similar experience: once your eyes are caught by a Morandi, never again can you forget those patterns that leave such an imprint on your mind. Among millions of images, his stand out distinctly, obstinately indelible, unfailingly precise, obsessively present. Yet each one is a simple still-life of seemingly ordinary objects, unpretentious and unimposing, apparently futile, and so austere they almost tend to tedium.
You do not at first understand the grip of Morandi's work on your psyche, its power on your mind. In fact you have been hypnotized for life by those bottles; they become a point of departure for your mind to explore and meditate the universe through your eyes.
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