06 October 2017 - 23 June 2018
The Center for Italian Modern Art presents the first major public exhibition in the United States of the work of Alberto Savinio (1891–1952).
Hailed by poet and critic Guillaume Apollinaire as the paragon of a Renaissance man, Savinio, the younger brother of Giorgio de Chirico, was a gifted pianist, composer, musicologist, critic, and writer, in addition to visual artist. CIMA’s exhibition will highlight in particular the paintings he produced after his 1926 move to Paris, where he was soon immersed in the city’s avant-garde. There, the success of his first solo show brought him a commission for the private apartments of famed art dealer Léonce Rosenberg, where his work hung alongside that of Max Ernst, Fernand Léger, and Francis Picabia, among others. Yet despite his achievements, he is today virtually unknown outside of Italy.
The exhibition, which will comprise about 25 paintings, will explore Savinio’s work through two major themes: imaginary spaces and the family as a site of perilous ambiguity.
Continuing CIMA’s practice of introducing work by contemporary artists into its exhibitions, the paintings will be shown alongside select sculptures by Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010). The pairing will highlight the two artists’ shared interest in exploring complicated familial relationships and experiences of childhood, as well as their grounding in a Surrealist Parisian context.