De Chirico’s Sculptures

25 April 2016

Pera Museum is proud to present 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 comprises a broad selection of 70 paintings, 2 lithography series, and 10 sculptures. Take a look at the fascinating sculptures from the exhibition! 

Orpheus, 1970, gold patinated bronze, 45 x 19 x 22,5 cm. Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico Collection, Rome 

De Chirico’s working relationship with sculpture occurred relatively late in his career. It was in 1940, at the age of 52, and in the midst of World War II, that he started to produce terracotta sculptures of choice protagonists of his artistic repertoire, including Ariadne, Rider on his Horse, and The Archaeologists. 

The Archaeologists, 1940, Polychrome terracotta, 28 x 22 x 23 cm. Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico Collection, Rome 

For the artist, “If a sculpture is hard, it is not sculpture. Sculpture must be soft and warm; as such, it will not only have all of painting’s softness, but all of its colour too. A beautiful sculpture is always painterly”. 

The Sibyls, 1970, gold patinated bronze, 54 x 18 x 38,5 cm. Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico Collection, Rome 

De Chirico manages to make them appear more real, breathing life, with almost Pygmalionesque skill, into their inanimate terracotta bodies. These initial dealings with sculpture were short-lived and it was not until 1968, at the age of 80, that he took sculpture up again, choosing to cast his earlier terracotta works into bronze as well as expand his sculptural repertoire with figures like The Consoler and Hector and Andromache

The Consoler, 1970,
Silver patinated bronze, 34 x 19 x 19,5 cm.
Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico Collection, Rome 

Highlighting his various periods with examples from his earliest works to last ones, Giorgio de Chirico: The Enigma of the World exhibition took place at the Pera Museum between 24 February - 08 May 2016.

The Success of an Artist

The Success of an Artist

Pera Museum presents an exhibition of French artist Félix Ziem, one of the most original landscape painters of the 19th century. The exhibition Wanderer on the Sea of Light presents Ziem as an artist who left his mark on 19th century painting and who is mostly known for his paintings of Istanbul and Venice, where the city and the sea are intertwined.

“My body is my sculpture” <br> Louise Bourgeois

“My body is my sculpture”
Louise Bourgeois

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. 

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.