Art Madrid'24 – De Chirico in Barcelona: his artistic career in 150 arworks



The Enigma of a day, 1914




Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978), italian painter original from Greece, studied in Greece, Italy and Germany. Among others, he was influenced by ancient greco-roman civilisation, Renaissance architecture and by Nietzsche and Schopenhauer philosophy. He kept himself apart from parisian avant-gardes in order to develop his own artistic style.




The appearance (drawing), 1917




He was a pioneer in Metaphysics painting, that recreated mysterious atmospheres by situating common objects out of their contexts. Metaphysic painting was the Surrealism predecessor, it reminds Dali´s paintings. Gloomy, melancholic, devastating scenes where sharp perspectives suggest irreal shadows. There, there is no trace of life or people but classical sculpture and mannequins that convey a feeling of loneliness and silence. De Chirico lived in Ferrara, Italy, that became a ‘metaphysic city´. Chirico´s partners in this current were his own brother Alberto Savinio (Andrea De Chirico) and his friend Carlo Carrá.




The disquieting muses, 1917




The exhibition, organized in cooperation with the ‘Giorgio e Isa de Chirico Foundation´, is curated by Katherin Robinson, from this Foundation, and by Mariastella Margozzi, from the National Gallery (Roma). It is based on six thematic areas that involve the key points of De Chirico´s career, one of the most relevant painters in 20th century. The themes he works on are metaphysics, classical iconography, portraits and urban landscapes, studies about great masters of art and the neo-metaphysics, from which he reinterprets his first artworks, being inspired by Niestzche´s eternal return concept.





The disquieting muses (guilded bronze), 1968




In parallel with the exhibition, other educational activities can be enjoyed at CaixaForum Barcelona, such us one talk with the curators or guided visits to adults or families. De Chirico´s artwork will be exhibited until the 22nd of October.




The Dioscuri, 1974




If you are a contemporary art gallery and would like to be part of Art Madrid'25, you can now apply to participate!

The 20th edition of Art Madrid will take place from 5 to 9 March 2025 in the Galería de Cristal del Palacio de Cibeles. This privileged location, good communications and the quality of the project have always been guarantees of success for an event that reaches 20,000 visitors in each edition.

Art Madrid has been held during the capital's Art Week for the last twenty years, consolidating itself as an interdisciplinary fair of new artistic trends, in which nearly 40 national and international galleries participate, working with painting, sculpture, graphics, photography, installation and digital art of recent production.

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Art Madrid carries out a series of programs designed by curators, consultants and cultural experts with the fundamental objective of encouraging collecting, promoting cultural dialogue and making the most recent trends in art accessible to the general public. These initiatives are always focused on the constant improvement of the visitor's experience at our event, always seeking to enrich their interaction with contemporary art.

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Gallery Program

Art Madrid's Gallery Program is the heart of the fair. In each edition of Art Madrid, the program consists of around 40 national and international exhibitors.

Parallel Activities Program

The Parallel Program of Art Madrid'25 will have as its main axis the concept of the Territory City. The public space, the city and the territory will serve as a link to the artistic practices that take place in the "imagined spaces" and revitalize the cultural geography of Madrid.

Collecting Program

Art Madrid offers a specialized consulting service for galleries and the public interested in acquiring works of art.

Support Program for New Entries

Through a specific communication package, new entries to the fair will be presented and given special visibility.


The program will include a series of activities that will take place throughout the month of February and during Madrid Art Week at the Galería de Cristal del Palacio de Cibeles. Likewise, the parallel program will maintain the 2nd edition of the Open Booth, the Performance Cycle, Lecturas: Curated Walktrhoughs by Art Madrid, and the Interviews Section curated by Art Madrid.

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Best Booth Award

Award that will be articulated around the gallery with the best booth set up at the fair.

New Entry Award

Award will be given to the newly incorporated gallery with the best booth setup and exhibition proposal at the fair.

Emerging Artist Award

Our sponsors, as part of their line of action to promote contemporary art, will offer a prize to one of the revelation artists participating in the fair.

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Our support for art and culture extends throughout the year and responds to a global vision in which constancy and commitment to the galleries are essential to achieve our objectives of disseminating contemporary art within and beyond our borders; to create new audiences and interest in art and culture in all sectors of society; to strengthen and promote artists, especially young talent; to value art and culture as essential elements of social development; and to create spaces for cultural visibility and communication that are accessible, open and dynamic.

Relevant information

Applications for the 20th edition of Art Madrid'25 can be sent to the following e-mail address: until October 7, 2024