Gstaad – Mnemosyne: de Chirico & Antiquity 2016

12 - 17 February, 2016

Gstaad Palace, Gstaad, Switzerland

Daily opening: 11am - 8pm

Phoenix Ancient Art & Helly Nahmad Gallery are pleased to announce that they are renewing their collaboration, by bringing the exhibition Mnemosyne: de Chirirco & Antiquity to Europe, in Gstaad.

Opening & Cocktail on Friday the 12th at 7pm.

Daily opening: 11am – 8pm.

This exhibition is juxtaposing twentieth century paintings by Giorgio de Chirico and genuine Greek and Roman antiquities, all sourced from preeminent private collections, and never before seen together in the public eye. Modern painting and antiquity come together in an elegant pairing that will challenge viewers’ predispositions on Modern Art.

Mnemosyne: de Chirico and Antiquity will reveal the aesthetic impact Classicism had on twentieth century Modernism, exemplified in a body of work done by the Greek-born, Italian master Giorgio de Chirico. Known mostly for his association with the Surrealists, the exhibition focuses on his often-misunderstood series of neoclassical paintings done after a stylistic shift in the 1920s. The paintings exhibited incorporate the major themes of this period: deserted valleys
dotted with classical ruins, figurative works of philosophers and Greek gods, scenes with gladiators clad in armor and heroic horses in windswept landscapes. Illustrating his inspiration, these historic paintings are exhibited alongside a carefully curated selection of precious objects from antiquity, including outstanding Greek and Roman marble statues of gods and muses, mosaics, bronze armor and Greek vases.