Opinion

The creation of the Archivio dell'Arte Metafisica in 2009 was primarily motivated by our desire to guarantee the diffusion and preservation of historically accurate information, with the aim of fostering academic exchange in an area that even the most renowned Italian universities have tended to avoid, discouraged by what Giuliano Briganti - in a memorable piece written 10 years after the artist's death - would define as "that tangled knot that De Chirico bequeathed to us".

 

Over the years, this "tangled knot" has created a conflict of interests which has in turn been translated into a many editorials, museum publications and journalistic essays of recent years. These publications divide the already minute group of scholars involved in the study of this subject - which is fundamental to the history of Twentieth century culture in both Italy and abroad -, into "friends" and "enemies", in an attempt to isolate and discredit whoever dares to oppose the current status quo by defending their right to academic freedom in the fields of research and the documentation of opinions, and above all, through their defense of the founding principle behind scientific research, which dictates absolute respect for documented evidence.


The "system" generated by Giorgio de Chirico's controversial moral and material legacy, has gradually grown to encompass all areas of art history touched by his presence, including Metaphysical Art and the work of his brother Alberto Savinio, the artist's relations with the protagonists of European and American movements and the history of Italian culture during the Fascist era and both post-war periods.


The numerous publications, exhibitions and critical editions that continue to be released in quick succession, clearly reveal a constant desire to veil or play down certain facts and circumstances in order to emphasize others and above all, to adapt the historical reconstructions and all relative research to a prejudiced, hagiographic staging. Instead of favoring a greater understanding of the artist's life, works and the movement he created, this approach only succeeds in banishing our subject to the realm of mediocrity.

In reaction to this state of affairs, the Archivio dell'Arte Metafisica decided to dedicate a large part of its energies to the fostering of a new generation of researchers who wish to specialize in this field, offering its resources and services to university departments - which are the natural catchment areas for this sector - so as to guarantee the continued growth of new scientific research that rejects its previously servile status in our country's historic heritage.