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...

Giorgio de Chirico <br/>Fabio Benzi

Giorgio de Chirico
Fabio Benzi

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.


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.

Barbara Kruger’s Practice on Power,  Capitalism, Identity, and Gender

Barbara Kruger’s Practice on Power, Capitalism, Identity, and Gender

A closer look at the life and works of the artist Barbara Kruger, who is represented with two striking works in the exhibition And Now The Good News, a selection of works from the Nobel Collection.

Midnight Horror Stories: The Landlord <br> Hakan Bıçakcı

Midnight Horror Stories: The Landlord
Hakan Bıçakcı

Three people sleeping side by side. On the uncomfortable seats of the stuffy airplane in the air. Three friends. I’m the friend in the window seat. The other two are a couple, Emre and Melisa. I’m alone, they are together. And another difference. I’ve only closed my eyes. They are asleep.

Horror Vacui <br> Alejandro Almanza Pereda

Horror Vacui
Alejandro Almanza Pereda

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.