De Chirico in the René Gaffé collection & the role of E.L.T. Mesens (Brussels - London)
«Metaphysical Art. The de Chirico Journals. Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico», n. 19-20, Maretti Editore, Falciano, December 2020, pp. 43-81.
This article provides an in-depth analysis of de Chirico’s rapport with the Belgian collector, critic and patron of Belgian Surrealism, René Gaffé. By establishing Gaffé’s interest in de Chirico much earlier than previously known through correspondence with Dadaist’s Tristan Tzara, Noel-Johnson reconstructs details regarding Gaffé’s impressive collection of works by or attributed to de Chirico, which were acquired between c. 1915 and the early 1930s. Gaffé’s professional rapport with fellow Belgian E.L.T. Mesens, the gallerist and artist who championed Surrealism in both Belgium and the UK, is also explored in detail, with recently-discovered correspondence located at the Getty Research Institute (LA) shedding new light on the behind-the-scene intricacies of the Belgian-British art world, including the role Gaffé and Mesens played in The International Surrealist Exhibition (London, June 1936) and Chirico – Picasso (Zwemmer Gallery, London, July 1937), two shows that launched and subsequently helped popularise de Chirico’s Metaphysical imagery in the UK.
'Le voyant': analyse des liens entre René Gaffé et Giorgio de Chirico
Giorgio de Chirico. Aux origines du surréalisme belge. Magritte-Delvaux-Graverol, exh. cat., curated by L. Neve, BAM (Beaux-Arts Mons), Mons, in collaboration with Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, 16 February - 2 June 2019 (French edition).
Introductive texts for Catalogue of Works and article:
De Chirico and the Great Masters
Giorgio de Chirico. Metaphysical visions, exh. cat., curated by G. Mercurio in collaboration with V. Noel-Johnson and T. Goryacheva, The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, 23 April - 23 July 2017 (Russian-English and Italian editions).
Giorgio de Chirico. Il volto della Metafisica (The Changing Face of Metaphysical Art), exh. cat., curated by V. Noel-Johnson, Palazzo Ducale, Genoa, 30 March - 1 September 2019 (Italian and English editions).
Published on occasion of the centenary of de Chirico's so-called stylistic volte-face of 1919, this publication supports the revisionist stance that the artist's post-1918 changes in style, technique, subject matter and palette form part of a sophisticated evolution of his understanding of metaphysics: una metafisica continua.
Featuring revisionist essays and new research by S. Bartolena, F. Benzi, D. Ferrari, A. H. Merjian, V. Noel-Johnson and D. Spagnoletto, together with over 200 reproductions, introductory texts to the 'Catalogue of Works', illustrated biography, and a comprehensive selection of de Chirico's own essays, the publication provides an up-to-date critical appraisal about the artist's work, with the aim of overturning some of the stubborn - and often wrongly attributed - rumours that have long dogged his art.
Nominated for "William MB Berger Prize for British Art History 2018"
Following a decade's worth of research, this book establishes the fundamental role that the UK played throughout the artist’s career, as documented by over 550 documents sourced from 50 international Archives. Published in collaboration with Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico (English edition, hardback, pp. 831).
“This comprehensive and informative book is set to be an essential source of reference for any future major study of de Chirico’s place in twentieth-century art” («The Burlington Magazine», London, Aug. 2018)
De Chirico’s Formation in Florence (1910-1911): The Discovery of the B.N.C.F Library Registers
«Metaphysical Art. The de Chirico Journals. Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico», n. 11-13 (English edition); La formazione di de Chirico a Firenze (1910-1911): La scoperta dei registri della B.N.C.F, «Metafisica. Quaderni della Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico», n. 11-13 (Italian edition).
All the world's a stage. The dechirican protagonist & his architectural surroundings (1910-1929)
de Chirico. O sentimento da arquitetura. Obras da Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico, exh. cat., curated by M. D’Alfonso, touring exhibition in Brazil (Porto Alegre, Belvedere – Nova Lima, and São Paulo), 8 December 2011 – 20 September 2012, Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre, 2011.
Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre
Published in 2011
De Chirico e l’oggetto misterioso. “Vivere nel mondo come in un museo di stranezze”
Giorgio de Chirico. L’oggetto misterioso, exh. cat., curated by V. Noel-Johnson in collaboration with S. Bartolena, Il Serrone, Villa Reale, Monza, 27 September 2014 – 1 February 2015.
This publication about the de Chirico House-museum (Spanish Steps, Rome) contains a selection of essays (S. D'Angelosante, P. Picozza, A. Porcella and S. Tusi); reproductions of personal photographs conserved in Archivio Giorgio de Chirico; as well as illustrations of 60 important artworks (Fondazione de Chirico collection), each accompanied by a detailed technical description (B. D'Ambrosio and S. Vacanti) (Italian-English edition).
Electa Editore, Milan
Published in 2009
Academic consultation and editing of the publication:
Giorgio de Chirico. Catalogo ragionato dell'opera sacra
G. Gazzaneo and E. Pontiggia, Giorgio de Chirico. Catalogue ragionato dell'arte sacra (Giorgio de Chirico. Catalogue raisonné of his sacred art). Technical descriptions by S. Vacanti. Project by Fondazione Crocevia in collaboration with Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico.