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 contributed to significant advances in our knowledge of the artistic phenomenon that characterized 20th century Italian culture most profoundly, which – as per the version given by its creators, the brothers Giorgio de Chirico and Alberto Savinio – was also the first to lay the theoretical foundations and create concrete examples for a radical shift from the concept of modernity. 

Our process and tools

The Archive’s work is developed through several closely related areas: 

  1. Study and documentation
  2. Periodic publications and monographic publications
  3. Catalogue Raisonné
  4. Examination of works
  5. Diagnostic investigations
  6. Exhibitions

The Archive is a valuable resource and point of encounter for the world’s most renowned scholars and connoisseurs of de Chirico, Savinio and early 20th century Italian art. Hailing from Italy and abroad, its Scientific Council and numerous members, including university level researchers and lecturers, actively collaborate with the aim of sharing papers, documents and studies preserved in research institutes and universities around the world, which are in turn archived by subject, in chronological order. This continual enrichment of our documentary resources provides the start point for in-depth scientific essays and studies, as well as monographic publications dedicated to 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