Left Four cupcakes by Wayne Thiebaud -- Right Still Life by Giorgio Morandi
in Bologna, Italy has a joint exhibit of two artistic heroes -- Northern California artist Wayne Thiebaud and Giorgio Morandi. Both studied simple still life objects for a lifetime. Although different at first glance, once examined you can see many similarities in their approach.
According to the SF Chronicle article by art critic Kenneth Baker, Thiebaud was a fan of Morandi and owned several of his paintings. This exhibit closes in October and is scheduled to travel and come to the Bay Area. I will be looking for it!
Hidden away on a side street in Bologna, the museum is located in an old apartment building and was Morandi's former home. Other residents still live in the gated courtyard building.
Spot the small sign and ring the doorbell to gain entrance. Go up a narrow set of stairs and transition from the historical Bologna streets and buildings to a museum bright, modern, and a study in minimalist Italian architecture -- a wonderful transformation. I encourage you to visit if you can.