The idea originated from the Quadro per la Sala dell’800 which Maria Morganti paint- ed in 2008 during her visits to the museum collections.
Taking her cue from the colours of the paintings exhibited – and in particular from the flower in the hair of Alessandro Milesi’s La Modella (1910), as though it were the palette on which the painter reflected on his colours – over the course of each visit the artist ‘collected’ a colour, taking it with her to her studio and materialising it in a layer of paint on the canvas. Her painting is the result of the superimposition of these experiences. The artist conserved on cards the sequence of these chromatic layers. In her work Maria Morganti proceeds as follows: “I don’t make the colour, I find it. I don’t invent it, I don’t plan it, I don’t produce it, I do not reproduce it…I tend towards it. I listen to it and I see it come into being. I see it being born on the canvas.”
What has inspired Maria Morganti in this project is relating, harmony, searching for similarities, likenesses and not differences, an awareness that by starting from points of contact, from an adherence to another experience, new juxtapositions can be created. When her internal system converges with an external system that has similarities with what she does, a short circuit is created and acts on a common ground where diverse subjects can recognise each other. This is what happened with the textile manufacturer Bonotto, which Morganti was able to work with empathetically. The challenge was to add a new ‘layer’ to the Querini collection and at the same time a new ‘layer’ to the Bonotto textile collection.
Development of a Painting
Project for the Mario Botta café
at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia
Textiles by Bonotto
Fondazione Querini Stampalia
Campo Santa Maria Formosa
Castello 5252, Venice
from 14 May 2017: 10am-7pm
(photo by Maria Morganti, Courtesy Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venezia)