Helly Nahmad Gallery and Phoenix Ancient Art are pleased to announce their first ever collaboration, an exhibition 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 metaphysical period, the exhibition focuses on his often-misunderstood series of Neo-classical paintings done after a stylistic shift in 1919. The paintings exhibited incorporate the major themes of his 1920's work: 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 marbles, mosaics, bronze armor and Greek vases.
Mnemosyne is a Greek goddess, the mother of the Muses, and, symbolically, memory itself personified. According to legend, without her we would have no memory, no history and therefore no basis for inspiration or creativity. In light of recent events, this exhibition takes the remembrance of the past to heart, illustrating how one Modern Master’s appreciation of the ancients inspired a remarkable body of work. The exhibition hopes to help cultivate an environment where antiquity is appreciated in a modern context and vigilantly guarded for future generations to study and enjoy.
Mnemosyne: de Chirico and Antiquity opens to the public on November 4th and continues through January 30th. Due to the fragility and value of the works, attendance must be limited and large groups will not be admitted without prior consent.
ABOUT PHOENIX ANCIENT ART
With galleries in New York City and Geneva, Switzerland, Phoenix Ancient Art is one of the world's leading dealers in rare and exquisite antiquities with a focus on Greek and Roman, Near Eastern and Egyptian art. Its works of art have been acquired by world-class museums around the world, as well as by private collectors. Phoenix Ancient Art is a second-generation family business that was founded by Sleiman Aboutaam in 1968 and continues today under the leadership of his sons, Hicham and Ali.
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