New York after Paris

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. This part of Giorgio de Chirico: The Enigma of the World exhibition, called “New Themes and Classical Painting Technique (1930-1940)” illustrates de Chirico’s departure from Paris to move to New York. 

Still Life with Knife, 1932, oil on canvas, 80 x 140 cm, Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico Collection, Rome

New Themes and Classical Painting Technique (1930-1940)

De Chirico’s heydays in Paris came to a dramatic end once the Great Depression wave of economic hardship arrived upon European shores. The Parisian art market and its seemingly incessant thirst for contemporary art at high prices all but dried up overnight. The subject-matter of the mid to late 1920s became difficult to sell, and de Chirico, encouraged by his newfound companion Isabella Pakszwer, began to look to the great masters with renewed vigour once again, with more traditional subjects and painting techniques returning to his artistic production. In search of more fertile terrain, de Chirico spent 1936-1937 living in New York. After several difficult years selling his work in Europe, the artist soon enjoyed the benefits of the favourable American art market. His return to Europe alternated in periods spent in Italy and Paris, owing to de Chirico’s disgust of the Fascist regime and their propagation of race laws. 

The Turk, 1935, oil on canvas, 36,5 x 46 cm, Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico Collection, Rome

Seascape near Genova, 1933, oil on canvas, 53 x 65 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.

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.

Paris Without End (1959-1965)

Paris Without End (1959-1965)

In the 60s, Alberto Giacometti paid homage to Paris, the city where he lived, by drawing its streets, cafés, and more private places like his studio and the apartment of his wife, Annette. These drawings would make up his last book, Paris sans fin (Paris Without End). 

Louis Isadore Kahn (1901-1974)

Louis Isadore Kahn (1901-1974)

Louis Isadore Kahn was born in 1901 to a Jewish family in Pärnu, Russia (today Estonia), far from Philadelphia where he spent his whole life, worked, fell in love, and breathed his last. Kahn family emigrated to America when he was five years old.