A Metaphysical Interior


By Izet Sheshivari and Luca Lo Pinto

From January 2012 to January 2013, the Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico (the Giorgio de Chirico House-museum) in Rome held the exhibition D’après Giorgio. Curated by Luca Lo Pinto, the exhibition involved “artists of different generations, poetic and stylistic research,” who were asked to engage in a dialogue with the House-museum—“with non-invasive works placed throughout the apartment, with the intention of creating various, multiple narrative and interpretive levels.” Thirty-one works of art, including installations, paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs were created, shedding new light in the rooms in which Giorgio and Isa de Chirico once lived, and revealing the role that de Chirico continues to play in contemporary art.

Artists involved in the exhibition included Alek O., Darren Bader, Nina Beier, Carola Bonfili, Benny Chirico, Patrizio Di Massimo, Giulio Frigo, Julia Frommel, Martino Gamper, Paul Armand Gette, Nicolas Hatfull, Isola & Norzi, Tobias Madison & Kaspar Mueller, Marcello Maloberti, Carlo Mollino, Momus, Olaf Nicolai, Henrik Olesen, Nicola Pecoraro, Emilio Prini, Dan Rees, Alexandre Singh, John Stezaker, Luca Trevisani, Luca Vitone, and Raphael Zarka.

This book, prompted by a proposal from the exhibition's curator, presents the results of a correspondence between Izet Sheshivari and Lo Pinto. Sheshivari sent 214 images, which Lo Pinto printed and arranged within the museum space and documented in situ. These images are presented along with captions, providing an “augmented” perspective of a visit to Giorgio de Chirico's flat. The book delineates an ever-shifting relationship between the meaning of a flat interior and the remote discovery of works by contemporary artists.

Design and concept by Izet Sheshivari 

Published by Boabooks, 2014

In English and Italian

Softcover, 318 pages, 234 b&w illustrations, 4.13 × 8.82 inches

ISBN: 978-2-940409-59-4