Giorgio de Chirico and Portraiture: An exhibition in Tuscany till 3 november 2013

The exhibition, “Giorgio de Chirico – Portraiture: Figure and Form” curated by Katherine Robinson, presents 68 works from the Collection of Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico, Rome, in Montepulciano’s Poliziana Fortress. Dedicated to the extraordinary inventor of Metaphysical Painting, the exhibition adds to the series of summer exhibitions that began in 2011 with the Macchiaioli Collection and continued last year with “The Dragon and the Butterfly: Images from China in Montepulciano”.
The Estate Poliziano summer program will thus present a unique artistic event that offers the Italian and international public an occasion to explore the classical theme of portraiture and self-portraiture through the variegated forms created by the great Italian Master Giorgio de Chirico. The 68 works on show include 44 paintings, 7 sculptures and 17 works on paper, encompassing fifty years of the artist’s career (1925-1976). An area will be dedicated to the projection of a historical documentary on the artist. Among the most significant works on show, the section regarding classical portraiture presents important paintings such as Naked Self-portrait and Bathers (with Red Drape in the Countryside), both of 1945, Self-portrait in the Park (1959) and Portrait of Isa in Pink and Black Dress (1934). Whilst de Chirico’s most famous subjects are found in the Neometaphysical section: the Mannequin, represented by Hector and Andromache (1970), the renowned Italian Piazza theme, with Italian Piazza with Statue of Cavour (1974) and the Archaeologists, portrayed in The Thinker (1973) and the captivating Meditator (1971).
“The project – explains the curator – intends to explore the role the human (or humanised) figure plays in the iconographical universe of Giorgio de Chirico, an artist who, by going beyond the traditional theme of portraiture, brings us closer to the mystery of existence”.
The exhibition will be held in the Hall of the Poliziana Fortress of Montepulciano under the architectural design of Federico Lardera. The exhibition is organised by Fondazione Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte and Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico, with the support of the Municipality of Montepulciano, the Province of Siena and the local Rotary Club. In Montepulciano this summer, art enthusiasts, scholars and visitors will thus be given an opportunity to delve into a unique aspect of the work of Giorgio de Chirico, an artist who held that: “portraiture, a somewhat unadventurous subject, is superseded by a sense of surprise and discovery”.
OPEN: 8 June3 November, monday 4:00 p.m.-10: p.m. | tuesday-sunday 10.00-20.00
last admission: 9:15 p.m..
INFO: +39 578 757007

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