What is the Archive and what are its aims?

The Archive of Metaphysical Art is a non-profit cultural association founded in 2009, with unlimited duration, governed by Art. 36 et seq. of the Civil Code as well as by its Statute.
It aims to promote research and studies relating to the work of artists and writers who were part of the cultural and aesthetic sphere of Metaphysical Art (De Chirico, Savinio, Carrà, Morandi, De Pisis etc.) and into related or closely correlated artistic movements, such as Dadaism, Surrealism, Magic Realism, Neo-Romanticism etc.
During its first twelve years, the Archive of Metaphysical Art has made significant changes to our knowledge of the artistic phenomenon that characterised 20th century Italian culture most profoundly and which – as per the version given by its creators, the brothers Giorgio de Chirico and Alberto Savinio – was the first to lay the theoretical foundations and create concrete examples of a radical shift from the concept of modernity.

How we work and with which tools

The work of the Archive is developed on four, closely related levels:

  1. Study and documentation
  2. Regular publications Studi OnLine and monographs
  3. Catalogue Raisonné
  4. Review of works
  5. Diagnostic investigations
  6. Exhibitions

The Archives are a valuable resource used by the world’s most renowned scholars and connoisseurs of de Chirico, Savino and early 20th century Italian art. Hailing from Italy and abroad, the Archives’ Scientific Council and numerous members are active university level researchers and lecturers who continually collaborate to add papers, documents and studies from research institutes and universities around the world to our archives, divided by subject and chronological order. The continuous enrichment of our documentary resource leads to monographic publications, in-depth scientific essays or research on texts, works or groups of works, which are made available to scholars through a special section of our website.

Catalogue Raisonné
Documents & Research
Studi OnLine