De Chirico, Savinio and Les Italiens de Paris

Giorgio de Chirico, Cavallo e zebra, 1929-30, oil on canvas, 50x70 cm,
Private Collection, Courtesy Galleria Tega
At the beginning of 1928 some Italian artists close to the movement called Ritorno all’ordine (Return to order) met in Paris and would be identified as Les Italiens de Paris. These painters were ready to write again contemporary history of art, restarting from unusual points of view, each one linked in a very personal way to a never forgotten past. These artists intended to propose again the elements of the Renaissance which would re-launch Italian art in the French capital. Giorgio de Chirico, Alberto Savinio, Massimo Campigli, Filippo De Pisis, René Paresce, Gino Severini and Mario Tozzi did not represent an accidental meeting of artists in a challenging and lively Paris, but the double soul and the heart of a complex and re-evolutionary group that many critics considered as a real artistic movement as Futurism and Surrealism. 
Giorgio de Chirico, Le Muse Inquietanti, 
oil on canvas, 1950 ca., 97x66 cm, 
Fondazione Carima - Museo Palazzo Ricci Mc
In the twenties, artists considered the French capital a destination of pilgrimage besides being a place of meetings and clashes, while no occasion would be missed to recall an illustrious personality that had left memorable traces in the Ville lumière: Amedeo Modigliani.The exhibition ends with a tribute to Giorgio de Chirico, made in 1968 by Ezio Gribaudo, artist and personal friend of the Master of Metaphysics.
Curated by Stefano Cecchetto and Maurizio Vanni

Lucca Center of Contemporary Art
until 14th february 2016
All information: Lucca Museum

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