After his death at the age of 90, Giorgio de Chirico left his wife Isabella 554 artworks – paintings and sculptures, along with a villa in the heart of Rome, a villa that they shared until his last days. The mansion today is home to the Foundation dedicated to the artist, and is filled with as many works as it can hold. We link to the Foundation website here. The rest of the work is kept in an air-conditioned vault in some undisclosed location, and is apparently feeling the effects of time. Now art-historian Mario Ursino, who curated several De Chirico exhibitions has brought together some 50 movers and shakers of the art world in the hopes of founding a museum proper, where the unseen De Chiricos would reside, according to a story in the Corriere della Sera.
The Committee, of art-historians, writers and artists, is looking for a private sponsors to finance the Museum.
Georgio de Chirico is famous for painting haunted, brooding Piazzas, deserted arcades, and eerie, dreamlike (… there, we said it!) compositions. He was profoundly moved by the “metaphysical”aspects of the open urban spaces, the Piazzas, of Florence and Turin. The Greek-born Italian artist read Nietzsche, and Schopenhauer, while studying art in Munich; he then moved to Italy, where he painted the first of his “Enigma” paintings. He lived in Paris, prior to the outbreak of WWI and exhibited at the Salon d’Automne; his work was noticed by Picasso, and he met Guillaume Apollinaire. He was represented by the art dealer Paul Guillaume. He founded his Scuola Metafisica together with other artists of the day – his work had a huge influence on the art of the 20th century – especially the Surrealists.
The above is a painting of the artist’s wife, from 1935, above that is De Chirico’s “Love Song” and at top is a self-portrait of the artist. You can see a gallery of the Giorgio de Chirico’s works on MoMA’s The Collection page dedicated to the artist, linked here.
We link to the Giorgio and Isa De Chirico Foundation website here.