One diary leads to another is a two volume artist’s project. In the first, selected writings from the diary of Piero Morganti (edited by Maria Morganti and Luca Pes) are set side by side with Maria’s painted diary. The second volume contains a series of contributions by 35 writers, artists, critics and journalists freely inspired by the theme of “diary” and “memory”, together with the pictures of the works donated by the artist to each contributor, as part of the sharing.
Begun in 2002, “Diari” is an art project by Maria Morganti. The artist applies the colour used on her own canvases to strips of wood measuring 10 x 100 cm, in a desire to keep an account of everything that happens in her studio. The result is a diary of colours rather than words, starting point of the whole project. The diary of Maria Morganti’s father, Piero, chronicles the events that marked the history of Italy from the 1960s to the 1990s – the protests, economic miracle, historical events and news seen from the privileged standpoint of a member of the Corriere della Sera editorial staff. These are interspersed with intimate scenes of family life, spent between an industrious Milan and the calm of a family home in the Verona countryside.
The second volume features contributions by: Claudio Bartocci, Chiara Bertola, Laura Boella, Gianmario Borio, Enric Bou, Piero Brunello, Simon Callery, David Carrier, Lawrence Carroll, Angiola Churchill, Elisabetta Di Maggio, James Elkins, Giulio Ernesti, Bruna Esposito, Anna Finocchi, Manuela Fraire, Giorgio Galli, Mel Gooding, Oliver Karlin, Vincent Katz, Florence Lynch, Lea Melandri, Alessandro Mendini, Carmengloria Morales, Maria Morganti, Luca Pes, Cesare Pietroiusti, Elide Pittarello, Lucio Pozzi, Rosella Prezzo, Mariateresa Sartori, Tiziano Scarpa, Corrado Stajano, Marco Tagliafierro, Bianca Tarozzi, Giorgio Verzotti, Angela Vettese.
Maria Morganti (Milan 1965), daughter of Piero, studied at the Brera Academy in Milan and at New York University. She lives and works in Venice. Shown in personals and collective exhibitions throughout the world, her art suggests an unhurried and controlled working method in which the body of the painting is deposited as sediment over time, with constantly alternating layers of colour.
Maria’s father, Piero Morganti (Milan 1931 - 1995) started his life as a journalist on the newspaper Avanti!, official voice of the Socialist Party, writing theatre reviews. In 1956 he started working for the Corriere Lombardo and in 1960 moved to the Corriere della Sera, where he was to become legal correspondent for the afternoon edition (Corriere d’Informazione), a post he held until 1982. He was involved in the politics and trade union of the editorial staff. In 1979 he wrote Come si diventa giornalista? (How do you become a journalist?), where he recounts his own experiences of the stormy years of the Corriere. He worked on Domenica del Corriere until it closed down in 1989, when he moved to the magazine Visto.