The Embassy of Italy and the Italian Culture Institute in Washington, D.C., welcome Laura Mattioli, the founder/president of the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) in New York City, where the exhibition “Giorgio de Chirico – Giulio Paolini / Giulio Paolini – Giorgio de Chirico” is currently on view through June 24th. This exhibition, which features several Metaphysical masterpieces by de Chirico not seen in the United States in nearly half a century, alongside rarely seen later works by the artist, offers a new view of de Chirico—long perceived as the father of Surrealism—by looking at him through the eyes of a conceptual artist, leading contemporary artist Giulio Paolini, who has found inspiration in de Chirico's work for very different reasons. Ms. Mattioli will be in conversation with Cultural Attache Renato Miracco discussing de Chirico's fortunes in the United States, Paolini's reading of de Chirico, and the exhibition currently at CIMA.
CIMA’s director Heather Ewing will offer a brief introduction to the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) (www.italianmodernart.org), a non-profit research and exhibition center established in 2013 to promote new scholarship and dialogue around Italian twentieth-century art—through its annual exhibition, an international fellowship program, and a wide variety of public programming. This exhibition is the fourth at CIMA, following seasons dedicated to the Futurist Fortunato Depero (1892-1960), the sculptor Medardo Rosso (1858-1928), and the master painter and printmaker Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964).
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