Estorick exhibition focuses on top sculptor

Date Posted: 02/11/2013

An exhibition focusing on the sculptures of artist Giorgio de Chirico, Myth and Mystery, is set to run at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art in London from the 15th January to 19th April.

Myth and Mystery offers a school trip the opportunity to explore the world of De Chirico through rarely-seen sculptural works that reflect the artist’s fascination with classical myth and legend.

Specialised workshops for school groups can be organised and designed around any of the Estorick’s exhibitions or permanent collection.

De Chirico was born in Greece to Italian parents. He studied painting in Athens, Florence and Munich, where he was influenced by the Symbolists as well as the philosophy of Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.

Between 1910 and 1915 he established the characteristic iconography of Metaphysical painting – mannequins, illogical perspectives, deserted city squares – and his ideas and imagery were to exert an enormous influence on the development of Surrealism.

De Chirico began to sculpt towards the end of the 1960s, producing small bronze versions of the mysterious figures populating his paintings – including his singular re-imaginings of characters such as Orpheus, Castor, and Hector and Andromache.

For further school trip information contact:

020-7704 9522

Photo credit: Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978)Two Horses in a Town, 1950s Tempera on cardboard, 30 x 40 cm Private collection.

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