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Joint exhibition of work by Giulio Paolini and Giorgio de Chirico opens in New York

13 October 2016

The Centre for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) in New York presents a joint exhibition by Giulio Paolini (b. 1940) and Giorgio de Chirico (1888–1978) for its 2016–17 season. The dual-focus exhibition reveals unexplored ties between the two artists and includes metaphysical paintings by Chirico not see in the United States in 50 years, as well as installation, sculpture and a new series of works on paper by Paolini.

With a long-held interest in Chirico’s oeuvre, Paolini often quotes signature motifs from the earlier artist’s works, despite defying Chirico’s traditional painterly methods. As evidenced in CIMA’s installation, Paolini has appropriated Chirico’s meditations on the nature of representation, acknowledging him as a precursor of postmodernism. By juxtaposing important works by both artists "in conversation,” CIMA’s 2016-17 season will present a new appreciation of Chirico’s metaphysical art and its lasting relevance alongside a leading figure of conceptual art.

The exhibition includes an ongoing work by Paolini, Interno metafisico (2009–16), re-conceived specifically for CIMA’s galleries, as well as a series of historical and new works related to various tropes in Chirico’s paintings. The installation also showcases a selection of Chirico’s most iconic metaphysical masterworks, including Le Muse Inquietanti (The Disquieting Muses) (1918). Shown together, the exhibition marks the first time the relationship between Paolini and Chirico has been explored in depth.

The exhibition opens on 14 October and continues until 24 June 2017. Please click here for more information.

Image: © Giulio Paolini. Courtesy Archivio Giulio Paolini, Torino.
Joint exhibition of work by Giulio Paolini and Giorgio de Chirico opens in New York
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