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Giorgio de Chirico at La Scala

Giorgio de Chirico at La Scala
by Vittoria Crespi Morbio.
Essay by Vittoria Crespi Morbio, The Confidante of the Gods.
Appendices: Biography; Catalogue of the Works; Chronology of Productions.
Amici della Scala – Grafiche Step Editrice, Parma 2018.
Italian – English edition, pp. 212.

Young Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978) made his debut in the theatre world with the Ballets Suédois and the Ballets Russes in the 1920s.
At the time he believed that opera was a genre on the wane.
And yet he would devote a considerable part of his artistic career to the musical theatre, signing dozens of performances for the leading Italian institutions.
Ranging from echoes of Metaphysical painting to a conception of a neo-classical and neo-baroque ‘Grand Théâtre’, his work as a set and costume designer was a perpetually evolving challenge, now won and then lost, but is above all the secret and problematic self-portrait of an outstanding figure in 20th-century art.