Giorgio de Chirico

The Enigma of the World

February 24 - May 8, 2016

Pera Museum proudly presented an exhibition of Giorgio de Chirico, a pioneer of the metaphysical art movement and one of the most extraordinary artists of the 20th century.

Brought to life in collaboration with the Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico in Rome, the exhibition comprised a broad selection of 70 paintings, 2 lithography series, and 10 sculptures. During the years he studied at the Munich Academy of Fine arts between 1906 and 1909, de Chirico was influenced by the works of philosophers such as Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, and Otto Weininger, as well as the art of Arnold Böcklin and Max Klinger. With his writings and works on the “metaphysical,” de Chirico was also a source of inspiration for the Surrealists. The exhibition, which also included one of the earliest works (1909) by the artist, encompassed a large selection of works extending particularly from the 1920s until his last years to mid-1970s. Born in Greece as the son of Italian parents, de Chirico (1888-1978) visited İstanbul, the birthplace of his father Evaristo de Chirico, with his works.

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Exhibition Catalogue

Giorgio de Chirico

Giorgio de Chirico

In 2016, Pera Museum presented an extensive content with approximately 70 paintings, 2 lithography series and 10 sculptures of Giorgio de Chirico, the founder of metaphysical art, with the...

On Giorgio de Chirico

On Giorgio de Chirico

Pera Museum in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in İstanbul and Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Istanbul is presenting a series of talks as part of the Giorgio de Chirico: The Enigma of the World exhibition.

Giorgio de Chirico <br/>Fabio Benzi

Giorgio de Chirico
Fabio Benzi

Video

Not in This Life!
Metaphysics and Cinema

The program explores the relationship between the cinematic and the philosophical, the fundamental nature of being and the world that encompasses it. The selected films bring together unusual stories exploring the nature of dreams, consciousness, existentialism, free will, our relations with others, and mainly the meaning of life.


Seaside Leisure

Seaside Leisure

Istanbul’s Seaside Leisure: Nostalgia from Sea Baths to Beaches exhibition brought together photographs, magazines, comics, objects, and books from various private and institutional collections, and told a nostalgic story while also addressing the change and socialization of the norms of how Istanbulites used their free time. Istanbul’s Seaside Leisure was a documentary testament of the radical transformations in the Republic’s lifestyle. 

Modernity Building the Modern / Reshaping the Modern

Modernity Building the Modern / Reshaping the Modern

A firm believer in the idea that a collection needs to be upheld at least by four generations and comparing this continuity to a relay race, Nahit Kabakcı began creating the Huma Kabakcı Collection from the 1980s onwards. Today, the collection can be considered one of the most important and outstanding examples among the rare, consciously created, and long-lasting ones of its kind in Turkey.

Is mutual understanding possible? <br> Berlinde De Bruyckere

Is mutual understanding possible?
Berlinde De Bruyckere

Pera Museum, in collaboration with Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), is one of the main venues for this year’s 15th Istanbul Biennial from 16 September to 12 November 2017.  Through the biennial, we will be sharing detailed information about the artists and the artworks.