Written work by Giorgio de Chirico

One of the Foundation’s principal activities concerns the publication of Giorgio de Chirico’s written work, both previously unpublished works and new editions of historical texts. Foreign language translations of the artist’s literary oeuvre play a major role in making his thought known throughout the world. Such publications are often accompanied by critical analyses. In 1998, the Foundation published Giorgio de Chirico’s posthumous novel Il Signor Dudron. Since then, many re-editions of historical texts, as well as a number of translations of the artist’s literary work have been published, among which:

Il Signor Dudron, G. de Chirico, posthumous novel in Italian published on the 20th anniversary of his passing, with essays by P. Picozza, S. Crespi and J. de Sanna, and illustrated with drawings by the artist. Le Lettere, Florence 1998; second edition Abscondita, Milan 2014, with a note by Paolo Picozza.

Piccolo trattato di tecnica pittorica (in Italian), G. de Chirico (Scheiwiller, Milan 1928) re-edition of original Italian publication curated by J. de Sanna with essays regarding the use of colour in de Chirico’s work and the history of the first edition, including correspondence between the artist and publisher Giovanni Scheiwiller and a reproduction of the original manuscript (Libri Scheiwiller, Milan 2001; new edition Abscondita SE, Milan 2013).

Commedia dell’arte moderna, G. de Chirico, I. Far (Traguardi, Nuove edizioni italiane, Rome 1945), re-edition of the original Italian publication curated by J. de Sanna, Abscondita, Milan 2002.

Memorie della mia vita, G. de Chirico (Astrolabio, Rome 1945; II ed. Rizzoli, Milan 1962), re-edition of the original Italian publication, La Nave di Teseo, Milan 2019, with Foreword by Paolo Picozza and Introductions by Franco Cordelli and Elisabetta Sgarbi (previous editions: Tascabili Bompiani, Milan 2002, Introduction by C. Bo, Postscript by P. Picozza, reprinted in 2008).

Ebdòmero, G. de Chirico (Bompiani, Milan 1942), re-edition of the original Italian translation by the artist of his French novel Hebdomeros (1929). New edition with Postscript by J. de Sanna and Edition Note by P. Picozza, SE Abscondita, Milan 1999 (reprinted in 2003 and 2016).

Translations and recent re-editions:

Hebdomeros, The Four Seasons Book Society, New York 1966.

Hebdomeros, G. de Chirico (Editions du Carrefour, Paris 1929), re-edition of original French novel, Flammarion, Paris 2009.

The Memoirs of Giorgio de Chirico, Peter Owen, London 1971.

Джорджо де Кирико (The Memoirs of Giorgio de Chirico) translation in Russian, Garage Company Art Museum, Moscow 2017.

Mémoires, G. de Chirico (Editions de la Table Ronde, Paris 1965), re-edition of the French translation by M. Tassilit, foreword by P. Mazars, Flammarion, Paris 2009.

Secanja iz mog zivota (The Memoirs of Giorgio de Chirico), translation in Serbian by M. Komnenic, ed. Oko Umetnosti, Belgrade 2009.

Memorias de mi vida, G. de Chirico, Spanish translation by S. Calvo, introduction by P. Picozza, ed. Editorial Sintesis, Madrid 2004.

Monsieur Dudron, G. de Chirico, French translation, with introduction by G.G. Lemaire; foreword by P. Picozza and postscript by J. de Sanna, La Différence, Paris 2004.

Monsieur Dudron, G. de Chirico, German translation by W. von Fellenberg, with essays by P. Picozza, J. de Sanna, W. von Fellenberg, G. Baselitz, L. Fabro and J. Gachnang, Ed. Verlang Gachnag & Springer AG, Berne 2000.

Petit traité de technique de peinture, G. de Chirico, French translation by M.J. Lundström and M.A. Macaigne, introduction by P. Picozza, postscript by M.A. Macaigne, Somogy Editions d’Art, Paris 2001.

On occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Maestro’s passing (20 November 2008) the Foundation published Giorgio de Chirico’s Written Works: Giorgio de Chirico: Scritti/1 (1911-1945), Romanzi e scritti critici e teorici, in Italian and French, edited by A. Cortellessa, directed by A. Bonito Oliva with an Introduction by P. Picozza, Bompiani, Milan 2008. The 1069-page publication was presented in the Giulio Cesare salon of Campidoglio in Rome on 25 November 2008