A Look into the Invisible | Magritte, De Chirico, Ernst, Balthus at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence

Is it possible to see the invisible? This was the attempt made by the surrealist artists of the early 20th century and of which a collection is showcased at the fascinating Palazzo Strozzi in Florence from February 26 to July 18 2010.

Giorgio de Chirico is the protagonist of this exhibition, as it was the first artist to create images that do not represent reality, but interpret hidden meanings. the other artists that are featured in this exhibition have been influenced by this concept. The young artist de Chirico first became conscious of a new approach to seeing the world when visiting Florence at the age of 21: “On a clear autumn afternoon I was sitting on a bench in the middle of piazza Santa Croce […] I had the strange impression that I was looking at all these things for the first time, and the composition of my picture came to my mind’s eye [...] the moment is an enigma to me, for it is inexplicable”. This revelation —as De Chirico called it—inspires his artwork of the 1910s and 1920s. De Chirico’s painting introduced again into modern art a number of philosophical and intellectual qualities that had been absent for some time.

Magritte, famous for his men on a bowler hat, recalled that the first time he saw a painting by De Chirico he felt he could “see thought”. The art of Magritte shows simple everyday objects, yet those are so much under our eyes that we are not able to “see” them anymore. the artist then presents images where the representation and reality blend.

This exciting exhibition consists of paintings by De Chirico, Ernst, Magritte, Carrà, Morandi, Balthus, Nathan, Roy and Savino.  For more information please visit Palazzo Strozzi’s website.

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