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On the occasion of the centenary of Angelo Morbelli’s death, Piedmontese by birth, but Milanese by adoption, the Galleria d’Arte Moderna pays tribute to one of the protagonists of the extraordinary Divisionist revolution at the turn of the 20th century. 

After many years since the last monographic exhibition devoted by Milan to this artist, held in 1949, the GAM highlights some of the most significant aspects of Morbelli’s artistic production, such as his exploration on painting technique and his approach to specific themes that will be the subjects of the various exhibition sections.

There will also be prestigious loans, both national and international, from the Musée d'Orsay of Paris, the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea of Rome and many others, which will enrich the exhibition.

The Galleria d’Arte Moderna continues its temporary exhibition activity, launched in 2014 with the monographic exhibition devoted to Alberto Giacometti, followed by the exhibitions on Medardo Rosso, Adolfo Wildt, Giovanni Boldini and Francesco Hayez.

The concept underpinning this project is to hold focused exhibitions on the most outstanding artists whose works are included in the museum’s permanent collection and on the art movements that best reflect the spirit of the GAM, as well as on the most significant art movements that represent milestones in the Italian artistic evolution of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Curated by Paola Zatti with the collaboration of Alessandro Oldani, Giovanna Ginex and Aurora Scotti, the exhibition is designed and produced by Galleria d’Arte Moderna and set up in the rooms on the ground floor of Villa Reale.

Press release (ITA)

Galleria D'Arte Moderna di Milano
via Palestro 16 - 20121 Milano

Tuesday – Sunday 9 am – 5.30 pm
Last admission 1 hour before closing
Monday closed

• Adults  € 5.00
• Concession € 3.00

Free admission the first Sunday and the first and third Tuesday of the month from 14:00.
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Brera. Training and Early Activity 
Starting from 1867, Morbelli enrolled in the Accademia di Brera and his first artistic steps took place in Milan. With this section the exhibition means to show the eclectic formation of the painter, who is strongly influenced by the important lesson of Brera masters.

The Painter of the “Elderly”
Angelo Morbelli is commonly known as the painter of the “elderly” and, indeed, the artist devoted a great part of his production to the close study of routine moments of the Pio Albergo Trivulzio guest, a popular retirement home in Milan. Proposing a valid compendium of the artist’s pictorial exploration, this hall displays his most significant canvases devoted to this theme.

Morbelli and Milan between Tradition and Modern Times
Piedmontese by birth but Milanese by adoption, since the period spent at the Academy of fine arts, Morbelli was a close observer and narrator of city life, moving between tradition and modern times. He began to represent both modern architecture and interiors of ancient Milanese churches, reinforcing its deep link with Milan.

The Refuge of the Colma
Throughout his life Morbelli remained strongly tied to the hills of Monferrato, a benchmark in his childhood years and a secluded shelter in the years of his maturity. In fact, Morbelli’s family had purchased a country house at the Colma di Rosignano and its garden could be ideally painted from every angle, articulating some elements that are well recognizable in a plurality of compositional solutions.

Female Figure. Motherhood and Prostitution
Between the 80’s and 90’s of the 19th century, experiments on colour and the effects of light led Morbelli to develop alternative solutions for the painting of intimate subjects related to the themes of motherhood and couples relationship. The section also hosts works that reveal the constant adherence of the artist to social realism, including the famous Venduta! of GAM collections.

Towards Symbolism
The last section of the exhibition is dedicated to the latest experiments by Morbelli that open up to the new century and to symbolist themes, characterized by greater psychology introspection and powerful emotional power.