Florence, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi


The exhibition’s subtitle, A look into the Invisible, comes from a remark made by Giorgio de Chirico, who wrote at the start of his career as a painter that the purpose of painting should not be to reproduce more or less correctly what we can already see in nature but, above all, to “show that which cannot be seen”.

The exhibition traces Giorgio de Chirico’s artistic career and the enormous impact that his painting had on modern art. One hundred works from private collections and international museums reveal the way his work directed the lively developments in European art between the two world wars.

On view will be some of the most famous works from De Chirico’s “Metaphysical” period, paintings by Carrà and Morandi, as well as masterpieces by Max Ernst, Balthus and René Magritte who, in a conference in 1938, called De Chirico’s work “a new vision in which the observer rediscovers his isolation and perceives the silence of the world”. De Chirico is considered to have who formulated the painterly style closest to the existential condition of man in the early 20th century that was also being explored in literature and philosophy at the time.

February 26th through July 18th, 2010
Piazza Strozzi
50123 Florence, Italy
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