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What we did last weekend – de Chirico in Mayfair

On Saturday Ferdie went to see not one, but two shows (!) of de Chirico paintings in Mayfair.

It is not every day, or every decade, that London is blessed with as many paintings by the Metaphysical master Giorgio de Chirico as it is right now.

Two private galleries – independent of one another – are hosting exhibitions by the Italian so beloved by the Surrealists: Tornabuoni Art on Albemarle Street’s 'Reading de Chirico' and Nahmad Projects on Cork Street’s 'Metafisica da Giardino'.

Tournabuoni’s effort puts together works from across de Chirico’s career in the context of his often-overlooked writing. The artist’s lyricism is evident on the gallery walls and segues brilliantly with paintings chosen by curator, Katherine Robinson.

Whereas Nahmad has gone in for a much more immersive installation-hang. Curated by Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli (and featuring some work of his in tribute to de Chirico), the gallery space is decked-out with murals and fake turf to resemble the artist’s iconic Piazza d’Italia motif. It is a brilliant evocation of his most haunting mood.

Alone, both shows are must-visits for fans of de Chirico. Together, they feel like a total eclipse-type event. Get them while they’re still around!

Nahmad is on until December 15.
Tornabuoni is on until January 12.

Ferdie