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ALBERTO SAVINIO

Born in 1891 in Atene, Greece; died in 1952 in Rome, Italy.

Savinio is the brother of Giorgio de Chirico and the son of the rail engineer Evaristo de Chirico, who lived and worked in Greece at the time. He studied piano and composition at the Conservatory of Athens and graduated in 1903. After his father’s death, in 1905, he moved with his family to Munich and, in 1911, to Paris where he met Pablo Picasso, Blaise Cendrars, Francis Picabia, Jean Cocteau, Max Jacob and Guillaume Apollinaire. In 1914, using for the first time the pseudonym of Alberto Savinio, he published Les Chants de la mi – mort for the magazine Les Soirées de Paris. He joined the Italian army during World War I, in 1915, and in 1917, at the time of his collaboration with the Zurich magazine Dada, he was sent to Thessaloniki. After the war, he founded together with his brother, Carra, De Pisis, Soffici, Mario Broglio and others, the magazine Plastic Values. From 1919 to 1920 he wrote the autobiographical novel Childhood Tragedy, published in 1937. During his time he wrote another novel, The inspired house. In 1934, he settled in Rome and he worked as a journalist for the Italian newspaper La Stampa and magazines such as La Ronda, Colonna and Il Bolletto, Receiving the Prix Saint Vincent for journalism in 1949. During the 1940s besides his publications, he also became an established painter. In 1946, he collaborated with the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, creating in 1952 the set design and costumes for the famous Rossini’s Armida, with Maria Callas.

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