2010/06 De Chirico swims to Ischia

Exhibition in Ischia at the Complesso Museale di Villa Arbusto:
De Chirico all'orizzonte. Un'odissea di luci e di idee
(De Chrico on the Horizon. An Odyssey of Light and Ideas)

5 June 2010 - 18 July 2010)

One of the umpteenth "little exhibition" on Giorgio de Chirico to be organized by the Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico, this display would be inaugurated on the 5th of June 2010, following fast on the heels of two identical exhibitions, both titled: Giorgio de Chirico. La suggestione del Classico - held in Pavia (Scuderie del Castello Visconteo, 6 March - 2 June 2010) and at the Cava de' Tirreni (Galleria Civica d'Arte, 24 October 2009 - 14 February 2010).
What purpose does this tiresome, repetitive continuum of low level exhibitions with embarrassingly fanciful titles serve? We have seen at least three or four of these initiatives inaugurated every year for many years now, almost always in outlying venues with easy to please audiences. They are always organized according to the same scheme, which consists in the juxtaposition of paintings and sculptures from the Fondazione de Chirico's collection and archaeological relics chosen to evoke memories and relations in a culturally detached and intellectually unrealistic manner. These elements do not present any new information on the artist or his creative development, nor do they probe the complex problems that make his works difficult to place in the realm of Twentieth century art. It would thus seem that it has become our duty to open a serious critical debate on the expedience of such an intense circulation of bronze sculptures and works from the later years - works' whose authenticity is not always agreed upon, particularly in view of the fact that in many the hand of the artist's workshop assistants is blatantly apparent. The same problem is posed by the numerous examples of low quality works - including those donated to the Galleria d'Arte Moderna of Rome - exhibited at Palazzo delle Esposizioni on occasion of the exhibition La natura secondo de Chirico.