Giorgio de Chirico: Myth and Mystery

Art, Drawing and illustration
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Lesser-known and rarely seen sculptures by the Greek born Italian surrealist reveal the influence of Greek mythology and importance of the figure in his oeuvre.


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The Estorick Collection is a gallery of modern Italian art, tucked away in Islington's Canonbury Square. The latest exhibition, by painter and sculptor Giorgio de Chirico, is typical of their 'marmite' collection - you either like it or you don't. The main artistic movement to come out of Italy in the 20th Century is that of Futurism. For many, this is too closely associated with Fascism to bear comfortable viewing. However, as the Estorick is at pains to point out, the two are quite separate. When you make art, you can't help it if it's popular with those on the wrong side of history (see also: skinheads). The de Chirico show consists of two rooms of painting and sculpture which show the crossover from Futurism into Surrealism. Expect to see humanoid figures with anonymous, stylised heads. The statues, ranging from miniature to larger-than-life, are the standout feature here, but it's all good if you like that sort of thing. For more of the latest art reviews, check out