Marcello Morandini was born in Mantua on May 15, 1940. He moved to Varese in 1947. He attended the Brera School of Art in Milan, where he also worked as an assistant designer for an industry and as a graphic designer for a professional studio. The first drawings related to his artistic research date back to 1962. In 1964 he began his first three-dimensional works, exhibited in his first solo exhibition in Genoa in 1965, curated by Germano Celant. In 1967 the first most demanding exhibitions began in Milan, Frankfurt and Cologne. In the same year he was invited to the "IX Biennale" of San Paolo in Brazil. In 1968 he was invited with a personal room in the Italian pavilion, at the "XXXIV International Biennale of Art" in Venice.
In 1969 he was invited to represent Italian art in Brussels, as part of the "Europalia" events. In 1970 he began a collaboration with the gallerist Carl Laszlo of Basel; with him was born the important exhibition of 1972 at the Kestnergesellschaft in Hannover. In 1974 he realized the project of a square with a diameter of 30 meters, for the INA shopping center in Varese. In 1977 he was invited to "documenta 6" by Kassel. Organizes at the Civic Museums of Varese the second "International Symposium of studies of construction art" with H. Heinz Holz.
In 1978 he held six other personal exhibitions in museums in Italy, Austria, Sweden and Germany. In 1979 he held the first of three solo exhibitions dedicated to him by the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum in Ludwigshafen, the other two followed in 1994 and 2005.
In the early eighties he began a long collaboration with the architecture studios Mario Miraglia of Varese and Ong & Ong of Singapore, where he remained long periods, for some important architectural projects, such as the 38-storey Goldhill Center.
In 1982 he was invited with Attilio Marcolli to "urban documenta" in Kassel and in the same year he received a scholarship from the DAAD, for a three-month stay in Berlin.
In 1984 he made his first exhibition of art and design at the Ceramics Museum in Cerro di Laveno, Varese. In the same year he was invited to Japan; In this period, personal contacts began with architectural studies, visits to some universities and exhibitions in various museums, curated by the publisher and gallery owner Masaomi Unagami of Tokyo. Also in 1984 he designed in Germany the 220-meter façade of the Thomas porcelain factory in Speichersdorf.
In 1985 he organized three important exhibitions, the first at the Tokyo Axis Gallery, then a retrospective at the Museum of Bochum and one at Verona, at the Museo di Castelvecchio.
In 1986-1987 he continued his exhibition activity in the museums of Darmstadt, Düsseldorf, Mannheim, Helsinki. 1987 is also a period of great collaboration with the Rosenthal company of Selb for which he studies the 64-meter façade of the new administrative building.
In 1988, Peter Volkwein, director of the Ingolstadt Museum, commissioned him to design a 40-meter sculpture as an external symbol of the museum.
In 1991 he spends a long time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to design the architecture of a 34-storey commercial building.
In 1993 he held the first major anthological exhibition of art and design at the Die Neue Sammlung Museum in Munich, which will exhibit the following year in Lisbon at the Palacio Galveias for "Lisbon, European Capital of Culture".
Since 1994 he has been a member of the jury of the Essen Design Center. In the same year he assumed the role of president of the International Museum of Ceramic Design in Cerro di Laveno, Varese, a position he will maintain for three years.
From 1995 to 1997 he is a teacher of art and design at the Salzburg Summer Academy.
From 1997 to 2001 he was a visiting professor at the Écal in Lausanne.
In 1998 her daughter Maria Enza was born, since then she has concentrated her work more in Varese, a city that in 2000 dedicated an important retrospective to her museum and a catalog published by Charta, Milan.
In 2000 he began a collaboration with "Abitare Baleri" of Bergamo, studying a collection of furniture for the home. In 2003 he was a professor at the Brera Academy of Milan. In Switzerland he teaches at the HEAA high school in La Chaux-De-Fonds. He directs the Sommerakademie in Plauen for the rehabilitation of the Martin Luther park. Starting from the same year he is president of the Free Artists Association of the Province of Varese.
In 2004 he was the coordinator of the "Vivere Venezia 3" project at the IUAV University of Venice. Commissioned by the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, he designed a large 10-meter sculpture for the square adjacent to the museum. He is elected honorary member of the Royal Designer for Industry in London.
In 2005 he set up an important anthological exhibition of art and design in Germany, at the Europäisches Industriemuseum in Plößberg and at the Fürstenberg Museum. The new Ritter Museum in Waldenbuch opens with a personal exhibition. In the same period he inaugurates his project for Piazza Montegrappa in Varese.
In 2007 he designed the architecture of the "Das kleine Museum" cultural center in Weissenstadt, Germany.
In 2008, concurrent with the Architecture Biennale, the Ca 'Pesaro Museum in Venice staged an important exhibition, which will then be integrated and exhibited the following year at the Neues Museum in Nürnberg.
In 2010 he inaugurated his 11-meter sculpture, as a symbol of the Pläßberg's Europäisches Industriemuseum, as a tribute to Philip Rosenthal. Fonda in Varese "Artparty" for local culture. He inaugurated his retrospective at the Casa del Mantegna in Mantua.
In 2013 he took part in the Racconigi International Sculpture Biennial. In 2014 he devoted himself to the design of two important personal exhibitions, at the National Museum of Bayreuth, in Germany and at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome.
Designer: Marcello Morandini
Furniture in lacquered wood
Size: W50.5 x H108 x D71 cm
Limited edition 50 pieces