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2013: The Foundation’s Activities

The exhibition D’après Giorgio at the de Chirico House-museum at 31 Piazza di Spagna, Rome, drew to a close with the final guided tours taking place during the first weeks of 2013. The exhibition, curated by Luca Lo Pinto, involved twenty-eight contemporary artists who created works specifically for the event that lasted a full 365 days from 27 January 2012 to 27 January 2013. During the year prominent art critics, curators and professors such as Laura Cherubini, Stefano Chiodi, Ester Coen, Cristiana Perrella and Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, gave lectures on the exhibition in occasion of the installation of a new artwork in the House-museum. The catalogue A Metaphysical Interior, edited by Izet Sheshivari and Luca Lo Pinto will be published shortly.

The House-museum was at the centre of attention once more on Sunday 13 October 2013 when the Foundation participated in FAIMARATHON, an initiative promoted by Fondo Ambiente Italiano, with free admittance and guided tours of the House-museum offered in an exceptional open-house event for which strong attendance was recorded.

On 8 June 2013, Giorgio de Chirico – Portraiture: Figure and Form, curated by Katherine Robinson, was inaugurated at in the Poliziana Fortress of Montepucliano, Tuscany. The exhibition focusing on the theme of classical and “fantastical” portraiture in de Chirico’s art, included 68 works from the Foundation’s collection, of which, 44 paintings, 7 sculptures and 17 works on paper covering 50 years of the Great Metaphysician’s artistic production from 1925-1976. The event was organised in collaboration with Fondazione Cantiere Internazionale with the support of the Municipality of Montepulciano. The show’s architectural design was curated by Federico Lardera and a bilingual, Italian/English catalogue was published by Maretti Editore. Due to strong attendance, the exhibition, originally programmed to end on 30 September, was prolonged to 3 November, during which time free visits were organised for over 900 students from elementary to high-school levels from Montepulciano and the region of Tuscany.

On occasion of the exhibition, the back-stage documentary Giorgio de Chirico. Il ritratto – Figura e forma, was produced exclusively for Sky Arte HD by Terra Trema Film.

During the same period, the video presentation Giorgio de Chirico House-museum directed by Cristina Clausen was filmed for RAI Educational, with an interview of Paolo Picozza, President of Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico.

The Foundation’s active participation in events promoted by Italian and international institutions continued through the loan of works in its Collection to various exhibitions taking place in Barcelona, Paris and Berlin, and in Italy, in Asti and Rome, a number of which are still ongoing, such as Anni ’70. Arte a Roma, curated by Daniela Lancioni at Palazzo delle Esposizioni (17 December 2013 – 2 March 2014), which includes the paintings: Silent life with bust of Minerva, 1973 and The Poet and the Painter, 1975, and 8 drawings from Hebdomeros. (catalogue Azienda Speciale Palaexpo e Iacobelli Editore, Roma 2013).

The itinerant exhibition Pasolini Roma, curated by Alain Bergala, Jordi Ballò and Gianni Borgna held at Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (22 May-15 September 2013) will continue in Paris, Rome and Berlin where it will end on 5 January 2015. The painting Arrival of the Movers, 1965, is on show. (catalogue Silvana Editoriale, 2013).

The exhibition La rinascita. Storie dell’Italia che ce l’ha fatta (Renaissance – Stories of Italy that turned out well), curated by Davide Rampello, opened on 22 June and was held through to 3 November 2013 in Asti, Piemonte (catalogue Skira, 2013). The paintings Serene antiquity, 1948, and The Archaeologists, 1968, from the Foundations’s collection were on show.

A new edition of de Chirico’s Piccolo trattato di tecnica pittorica (Scheiwiller 1928) (Small treatise on painting technique) was released by Abscondita (2013). The publication, in Italian, includes two essays by Jole de Sanna and a note by Paolo Picozza from the 2001 edition curated by Jole de Sanna (Scheiwiller, 2001).

In line with the commitment to safeguard Giorgio de Chirico’s oeuvre, the Foundation participated in the conference Mercato dell’arte, diritto d’autore e contraffazione (Art market, copyright and forgery) held at Milan’s Università degli Studi on 16 December 2013. The meeting was organised by SIOI Sez. Lombardia and CNRS Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique – GDRI “Droit du Patrimoine et droit de l’art”, Paris and Università degli Studi di Milano.