Marcello Morandini

*1940 in Mantua

World-class art, architecture and design

Marcello Morandini is regarded as the main Italian representative of Neo-Constructivism and Concrete Art. He is a master of simple complexity and combines art, design and architecture in his work like almost no other artist. Morandini has been one of Italy’s most important contemporary artists since the end of the 1960s.

Renowned museums such as the Pinakothek der Moderne (Munich) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London) have dedicated large solo shows to Morandini. In addition to exhibitions, Marcello Morandini has developed numerous international art-in-building projects. Marcello Morandini’s works are part of major collections worldwide. Since 2016, the Marcello Morandini Foundation in Varese has represented the artist’s work with a permanent museum exhibition.

Prestigious architectural projects in Asia and Europe

Many of Marcello Morandini’s works can be seen as architectural models and were created internationally for public spaces. He left his mark on his home town of Varese in particular with the design of Piazza Monte Grappa, Piazza Casula and the Fondazione Marcello Morandini. In 1982, he began a long-term collaboration with the architecture firms Mario Miraglia in Varese and Ong & Ong in Singapore; one of the most spectacular results of this partnership was the Goldhill Centre in Singapore. In 1984, he was commissioned by Rosenthal to design the façade of the Thomas porcelain factory in Speichersdorf, and three years later he did the same for Rosenthal’s new administration building in Selb. As a tribute to Philip Rosenthal, Morandini created an 11 meter high sculpture for the European Industrial Museum of Porcelain in Selb.

A striking oeuvre in elegant black and white

The characteristically elegant interplay of black and white in combination with basic geometric shapes makes Marcello Morandini’s works unmistakable. In addition to his successful work as an artist and architect, Marcello Morandini also repeatedly created highly acclaimed design objects, in particular at the invitation of Philipp Rosenthal for the Rosenthal porcelain manufactory, but also furniture, carpets, lamps, etc. The master’s preferred materials are glossy acrylic glass panels, lacquered wood and polished natural stone (white marble and black granite).

Awards
2003 Appointed professor at the Accademia di Brera, Milan
2004 “Honorary Royal Designer for Industry” by the Royal Society of Arts, Londo

Museum exhibition (selection)
– IX. Biennale Sao Paulo/Brazil
– XXXIV. Venice Biennale/Italy (Italian pavilion, single room)
– documenta 6, Kassel/Germany
– Kunsthalle Cologne/Germany
– Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art, USA
– Victoria and Albert Museum, London/UK
– Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen/Germany
– Neues Museum, Nürnberg/Germany
– Kunst Museum, Bern/Swiss
– Kunstmuseum Bayreuth/Germany
– National Museum of China, Peking/China
– Museo Arte Contemporáneo, Lima/Peru
– Seiji Togo Sompo Museum of Art, Tokio/Japan

Art in public spaces (selection)
– Piazza Monte Grappa und Piazza Casula, Varese
– Goodhill Center, Singapur
– Goodhill Tower, Kuala Lumpur
– Facade Manufaktur Thomas, Speichersdorf
– Facade Rosenthal, Selb
– Facade Das Kleine Museum, Weissenstadt
– Outdoor sculpture for Museum für Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt
– Outdoor sculpture for Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen
– Outdoor sculpture for Pinakothek der Moderne, München
– Outdoor sculpture for Europäische Industriemuseum, Plößberg

Biography

Early world successes in São Paolo, Venice and Kassel

Marcello Morandini was born in Mantua on May 15, 1940 and grew up in Varese in north-western Lombardy from 1947. After studying at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, he initially worked as an industrial designer and commercial artist.

At the beginning of the 1960s, he created his first sculptural works. After his first solo exhibition in Genoa in 1965 and internationally very successful exhibitions in Milan, Frankfurt and Cologne, he was invited to the IX Biennale of São Paolo in Brazil. In 1968, a separate room was dedicated to him in the Italian pavilion at the XXXIV Venice Biennale. In 1972, Morandini’s first museum exhibition in Germany was presented by the Kestnergesellschaft in Hanover. In 1977, Morandini took part in Documenta 6 in Kassel.

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