Marcello Morandini

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Marcello Morandini attended the Brera School of Art in Milan while also working as an assistant designer for an industry and as a graphic designer for a professional studio.

His first drawings related to his artistic research date back to 1962. In 1964 he began his first three-dimensional works, which were exhibited in his first solo exhibition in Genoa in 1965, curated by Germano Celant. In 1967, he began more demanding exhibitions in Milan, Frankfurt and Cologne and was invited to the 'IX Biennale' in São Paulo, Brazil. In 1968 he was invited to the 'XXXIV Biennale Internazionale d’arte' in Venice with a solo room in the Italian pavilion. In 1979 he had the first of three solo exhibitions dedicated to him by the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum in Ludwigshafen, the other two were to follow in 1994 and 2005.
In the early 1980s, he began a long collaboration with the architectural firms Mario Miraglia in Varese and Ong & Ong in Singapore, where he stayed for long periods, for some important architectural projects, such as the 38-storey Goldhill Center, continuing with art and design exhibitions and projects such as the 220-metre façade of the Thomas porcelain factory in Speichersdorf in Germany. In 1988, Peter Volkwein, director of the Ingolstadt Museum, commissioned him to design a 40-metre sculpture as the museum's external symbol.

The decade of the 1990s saw him working in Malaysia to design the architecture of a 34-storey commercial building, in Munich for the combined anthological exhibition of art and design at the Die Neue Sammlung in Munich, which he exhibited the following year in Lisbon at the Palacio Galveias for 'Lisbon European Capital of Culture'. In 1994, he was a member of the jury of the Design Center in Essen and in the same year he took over as president of the International Museum of Ceramic Design in Cerro di Laveno, Varese, a position he held for three years.

The 2000s are also full of collaborations. In 2000, he began a collaboration with 'Abitare Baleri' in Bergamo, designing a collection of home furniture. In Switzerland, he lectures at the HEAA watchmaking high school in La Chaux-De-Fonds. He directed the Sommerakademie in Plauen for the renovation of the Martin Luther Park.

In 2015, he participated in three exhibitions in Germany on three cultural themes: in München at the Renate Bender gallery with the exhibition entitled 'Black and White', in Waldenbuch at the Museum Ritter 'Ein Quadrat ist ein Quadrat' and in Konstanz at the Galerie Geiger for the gallery's 40th anniversary. Then three more exhibitions on different themes in Varese at the Masnago Castle in Lugano, at the Cortesi Gallery and at the Museum of Art in Fukuyama, Japan.

In 2016 he experienced 9 different solo exhibitions in private galleries: in Italy in Venice, Milan, Bologna and Verona, in Austria in Graz and Vienna, in Germany in Constance, with the addition of two solo exhibitions at art fairs in Verona and Padua.

2017 will see his first important exhibition engagement with the MA*GA Museum in Gallarate from 11 March to 30 July where he will make his Fondazione/Museo Marcello Morandini official.

He is currently in charge of the Marcello Morandini Foundation established in 2016.