Ennio Morlotti. Opere 1940-1990

De Grada, R & Pizziolo, M 1994, Ennio Morlotti. Opere 1940 – 1990, Museo delle Arti e Galleria d’Arte Moderna Palazzo Bandera, Busto Arsizio.

The catalogue of the first retrospective review held at Palazzo Bandera shortly after the death of Ennio Morlotti, one of the protagonists of 20th century Italian painting.

“So we understand how the Lombard cadence of Morlotti’s painting should be understood differently, as the inheritance of a common European language that is Romanesque rather than Lombard. After the lamented death of the Classicist ideal, with the messy heap of Greek sculptures, all manner of relics; after the cry of Guernica resounding in the years of Corrente and chilled in the gloomy atmosphere of the compositions with bucrania, red cloths or knives planted on the table; after the Picassian storm that decomposed figures in a kind of modern stained glass window under which Marchiori acutely recognises ‘the unconscious reminiscence of Romanesque bestiaries’, the material of paintings, the metaphor of the vital ferment of the earth, is in fact ordered according to a grid in which the biological drama, with the incessant metamorphoses that distort the plant world in an accelerated growth that already smells of death, takes on a fixity, a timelessness that transposes the plane of the story from the organic to the mythical, from the Lombard to the Romanesque”.

Marina Pizziolo, lecture on Ennio Morlotti at the Corrente Foundation in Milan