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The Foundation

 

In 2016, Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico celebrates its 30th anniversary. The Foundation was instituted in 1986 by the artist’s widow Isabella Pakszwer Far and by Claudio Bruni Sakraischik, curator of the Catalogue Raisonne. Located at the artist’s apartment-studio at n. 31 Piazza di Spagna, Rome – today the seat of the House-museum – the Foundation continues to carry out the original aim of the founders, which is that of safeguarding and promoting Giorgio de Chirico’s art and intellectual work.
In 1987, the year after its foundation, Isabella donated 24 of the artist’s paintings to Rome’s Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea. After Isabella’s demise in November 1990, the Foundation inherited the painter’s apartment and the greater part of his artistic patrimony. After his passing in 1991, Claudio Bruni Sakraischik’s important documentary and photographic archive regarding Giorgio de Chirico was also bequeathed to the Foundation.
Through its activity, the Foundation endeavours to further knowledge on Giorgio de Chirico, an emblematic 20th century artist, whose rich pictorial, sculptural and graphic oeuvre, theatre set designs as well as literary work, collectively constitute an invaluable source for the study of his artistic thought which is at the same time revolutionary and conservative of classical values.
The Foundations is actively involved in fulfilling the following key objectives:
Maintain and manage the de Chirico House-museum where a significant selection of paintings and sculptures are on permanent exhibition;
Conserve, research and lend works from the Foundation’s art collection;
Endorse and offer its patronage to exhibitions and conferences;
Actively stem the phenomenon of forgery related to de Chirico’s work whilst cataloguing authentic works by the artist;
Collect and conserve documentation inherent to Giorgio de Chirico’s multi-faceted artistic production: painting, works on paper, sculpture and literary work;
Care for and conserve the Giorgio de Chirico Archive, as well as the Claudio Bruni Sakraischik Archive, which hold published and unpublished manuscripts by the Artist, and a wide range of documentary and photographic material dealing with both the Maestro’s artistic activity and his personal life;
Publish previously unpublished written work, including the translation of the artist’s literary oeuvre into different languages;
Publish “Metaphysical Art. The de Chirico Journals” a biennial and bilingual periodical (Italian-English) distributed worldwide to eminent libraries, universities, art academies, museums and cultural institutions;
Award scholarships in order to encourage and support academic studies regarding Giorgio de Chirico’s art.