Enthusiasts of Greek-born Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico should consider a pilgrimage to this small modern art gallery, created thanks to the generosity of Carlo Bilotti, an Italian-American collector who donated 23 artworks to Rome in 2006. Though long overshadowed by the more famous Surrealists, de Chirico was a major influence on the Surrealist movement in the early 20th century—the themes of loneliness and isolation explored in his “metaphysical” landcsapes provoke comparisons to American artist Edward Hopper.
Housed in a 16th-century palace in the Villa Borghese, the museum consists of two small rooms and though the work is good, we recommend it for art aficionados only. Pieces to look out for include a rare restrained piece by the Pop Art master, the elegant “Portrait of Tina and Lisa Bilotti” by Andy Warhol, and Larry Rivers’ depiction of Carlo Bilotti himself. De Chirico dominates Room 2, with 17 paintings representing all his memorable themes depicted in the course of half a century, from the mid-1920s through to the 1970s. Also look out for the beguiling “Summer,” an abstract work by Tuscan Gino Severini.
- Frommer's Staff