A new exhibition at Museo Carlo Bilotti in Rome
The exhibition aims to establish a bridge between the Australian Aboriginal concept of “dreamtime” and De Chirico‘s artistic conceptions of the world and the nature of “being” in the Mediterranean classical tradition. “Dream time” or “dreamings” are terms used in the Australian Indigenous tradition to describe a spiritual time and realm before history and the creation of mankind.
The 18 works by Giorgio De Chirico, exhibited in the permanent collection of Museo Carlo Bilotti in Villa Borghese, act as interlocutors in this novel juxtaposition with aboriginal art. The De Chirico paintings are accompanied by the poetry while the Aboriginal pieces are accompanied by the singing of a song.
Imants Tillers acts as the translator of this curious metaphysical conversation and his work provides the link between De Chirico and Aboriginal art. As an artist, Tillers has been deeply interested in both De Chirico’s pieces and Aboriginal art, as well as metaphysical issues that preoccupy them.
In the 1990’s Tillers was recognized as Australia’s preeminent contemporary artist. He represented Australia at the Venice Biennale and was included in Documenta and other important international exhibitions. He is one of the first artists to engage with Aboriginal art as a contemporary art form.
“Dreamings. Australian Aboriginal Art Meets De Chirico” displays more than 50 works, executed mainly in acrylic from the1990s onward. The exhibit includes a number of important contemporary Australian indigenous artists, whose works exemplify the various styles and schools of the central and western desert regions of Australia.
Many of the works come from the Marc Sordello and Francis Missana Collection (France), one of the most representative private collections of this genre.
Till 2 November
Museo Carlo Bilotti
Viale Fiorello la Guardia, 6 (Villa Borghese)
Entry fee €8, reduced €7
Tue-Fri 1pm-7pm, Sat and Sun 10 am-7pm