Sunday, June 27, 2010

De Chirico House-Museum

Since 1998, the Giorgio and Isa De Chirico Foundation has opened De Chirico's apartment and studio at Piazza di Spagna, 31 to the public. The apartment and studio have been preserved exactly as they were when De Chirico died in 1978. The house-museum is open to the public the first Sunday of every month or by appointment. John and I managed to visit the fascinating apartment on the day before we left Rome and highly recommend it to fellow art-lovers.
We visited when the museum opened at 11am and had a tour in Italian with about 7 other visitors. The 2-floor apartment has an eerily untouched feel and is filled with a wonderful personal collection of Giorgio De Chirico's paintings and sculptures. The first floor incorporates the kitchen, dining room and sitting rooms and most of the artwork.
The upper floor has the bedrooms and De Chirico's wonderfully evocative studio. A visit to the museum-house can be a perfect personal insight into the artist for people who take in the large retrospective of his work, La Natura Secondo de Chirico presently on show at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni at Via Nazionale, 194. If you're a fan of De Chirico's work, do take them both in if possible.

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