For the Giorgio de Chirico exhibition, MilanoGuida presents the following educational service for schools.
De Chirico always loved painting self-portraits and portraits of his friends and family members. We will analyze the portraits present in the exhibition, trying to compare them with his more famous mannequins. Where has happened to their eyes and mouth? What are they holding? How did Giorgio disguise himself? The guide will lead the children to the works chosen and, with the help of the objects that we can find in the paintings, we will analyze them together with the young people to understand their biographical and symbolic meanings.
After observing Giorgio de Chirico's most important and original self-portraits on display, we will play at letting each of the children create their own self-portraits, understanding together the most effective elements to insert and the most suitable colors to achieve what they want to communicate, while analyzing the fundamental elements of art such as composition, forms and colors.
Giorgio de Chirico was born in Greece and in childhood he became interested in the myths of his land. Many of his works speak of Greek heroes, divinities, kings and queens. The guided tour on display will allow the children to approach mythological topics by interpreting the themes and meanings hidden in the artist's canvases. The guide will lead the children to the works chosen describe the stories using a paper support (a book of myths).
Each child will be given a blank sheet of paper with clippings of subjects taken from works by Giorgio de Chirico (columns, mannequins, horses, argonauts, centaurs, gladiators, etc.). They will then create a collage by inventing their own personal myths and explaining its meaning to their companions.
Concealed in George de Chirico’s works are unexplored landscapes, where the artist took refuge, recounting a rather different version from what we can to see with our eyes. It is as if every painting opened onto a new and personal world, the world of Metaphysical art. The exhibition layout will enable the children to understand this 20th century artistic movement and interpret a different work, where everyone can set off on a journey of their own.
The guide will take the children to the selected works and the pupils will in turn try to explain the subjects painted by the artist. In this way we will get a different version every time from their analysis of the work. The guide will have a suitcase with reproductions of the “key elements” in the works seen, to sum up and explain their meanings and symbols.
After visiting the exhibition, in the workshop each of the children will have to create his or her own suitcase, inserting drawings and newspaper clippings in it and filling it with everything that symbolizes the impressions and emotions that de Chirico's works have aroused. The guide will help the children build a three-dimensional cardboard model, which will be a real kit of their artistic experience at the exhibition and take it back home.
What is an enigma? What is concealed amid the shadows in the famous piazzas? What do his mannequins recount? What are the figures doing? The path will gradually reveal the doubts, fears, dreams and hopes of Giorgio de Chirico, so reconstructing a world and feelings that are not very different from those we experience in our everyday lives.
Citing the text he wrote in 1938 and published in London after his solo show at the London Gallery, we probe deeper into Giorgio de Chirico’s world. The workshop experience will involve dividing the children up into small groups and writing the endings of the stories left suspended by the artist, imagining events and sensations, which they will then try to illustrate by imitating the artist's style.
Starting from the autograph text by the artist published in 1919, the guided tour will bring students closer to Metaphysical art and through comparisons with other artists from the same period (Picasso, Carrà, Soffici and de Chirico’s brother Savinio), the students will be able to reconstruct the historical and literary framework of Europe in the first 30 years of the 20th century. The comparison between the works of de Chirico and his contemporaries will explore some important issues that passed through a phase of profound transformation in the 20th century, from mythology to still life and the genre of portraiture and so to the sense of the mysterious and uncertain.
Giorgio de Chirico was an artist who traveled widely, becoming very famous especially in Britain, France and even America.
He spoke Greek, Italian, French and English fluently. The path through the exhibition is a specific CLIL format which will allow an approach to foreign languages (English and French), while analyzing the artworks and describing them accurately.
The guide will cover de Chirico's biography and his painting, focusing on the terminology and vocabulary specific to art, so enriching the students' vocabulary in the language studied in the classroom.
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Mostra de Chirico
Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo, 12 - 20122 Milano
Dal 25/09/2019 al 19/01/2020.
Tutte le immagini presenti nel sito, sono © Giorgio de Chirico by SIAE 2019