Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
39a Canonbury Square
London
Greater London
N1 2AN
England

Website

www.estorickcollection.com

E-mail

curator@estorickcollection.com

Telephone

020 7704 9522

Fax

020 7704 9531

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The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art opened in London in 1998. Its new home - a Grade II listed Georgian building - was restored with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and contains six galleries, an art library, cafe and bookshop. The Collection is known internationally for its core of Futurist works, as well as figurative art and sculpture dating from 1890 to the 1950s.

During their 1947 honeymoon in Switzerland, Eric and Salome Estorick discovered Umberto Boccioni’s book Futurist Painting and Sculpture (1914) which marked the beginning of their passion for Italian art. Before returning to England the newlyweds visited the studio of the erstwhile Futurist Mario Sironi in Milan, where Estorick bought ‘hundreds and hundreds of drawings and as many pictures as I could get into my Packard Convertible Roadster’. The couple travelled to Italy frequently during the late 1940s and 1950s, meeting and befriending major artists of the day, and adding to their impressive collection of artworks.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Wed-Sat 1100-1800
(First Thu of each month 1100-2000)
Sun 1200-1700

Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays

Admission charges

Adults £5.00
Concessions £3.50
Free entry for students

Discounts

  • Museums Association
Getting there

Rail/Underground
Highbury and Islington (Victoria Line), 4 stops from Oxford Circus and 1 stop from Kings Cross. London Overground (formerly Silverlink Metro) to Highbury and Islington Station. Network Southeast to Essex Road Station.

Buses
271 to door; 4, 19, 30, 43 to Upper Street/Canonbury Lane; 38, 56, 73, 341 to Essex and Canonbury Roads

We have two bike racks located in the gallery garden

Collection details

Archives, Fine Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Giacomo Balla
  • Umberto Boccioni
  • Carlo Carra
  • Gino Severini
  • Giorgio de Chirico
  • Amedeo Modigliani
  • Giorgio Morandi
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Drawing of St George on horseback slaying a dragon

Giorgio de Chirico: Myth and Mystery

  • 15 January — 19 April 2014 *on now

The visionary work of Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978) had an enormous impact on the course of twentieth-century art. His unsettling ‘Metaphysical’ imagery – with its illogical perspectives, looming mannequins and bizarre juxtapositions of objects – anticipated Surrealism’s fascination with the irrational and the workings of the subconscious by many years. Even before the First World War, de Chirico had declared: ‘To be really immortal a work of art must go beyond the limits of the human: good sense and logic will be missing from it. In this way it will come close to the dream state, and also to the mentality of children.’

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5.00, Concessions £3.50
National Art Pass, £2.50
Free to school children and full time students with valid NUS ID card.
Admission to café and shop free.

Website

http://www.estorickcollection.com/exhibitions/

Collage made of various pieces of ephemera

Pablo Echaurren: Iconoclast

  • 19 March — 18 May 2014 *on now

A display of collages by Pablo Echaurren, son of the Surrealist painter Sebastian Matta. These works reflect the artist’s fascination with cartoon imagery, and incorporate fragments taken from the Futurist and Dadaist publications of which Echaurren is an avid collector, constituting a homage to the vitality of the Modernist avant-garde.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with admission

Website

http://www.estorickcollection.com/exhibitions/forthcoming_exhibition.php

Black and white image of Bridget Bardot, a woman with bloned hair styled in a beehive, looking over her shoulder while she is being photographed

The Years of La Dolce Vita

  • 30 April — 29 June 2014

The 1950s and ’60s represent a golden era in Italy’s cinematic history, when such directors as Antonioni, Pasolini and Fellini produced some of their most famous movies, and glamorous Hollywood stars flocked to Rome. This exhibition draws on the vast archive of Marcello Geppetti – one of the inspirations for the character of Paparazzo in La Dolce Vita (1960) – as well as number of photographs taken on the set of the film. Candid and evocative, these images not only capture a period of remarkable creativity, but also changed the face of photojournalism forever.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with admission.

Website

http://www.estorickcollection.com/exhibitions/forthcoming_exhibition.php

Getting there

Rail/Underground
Highbury and Islington (Victoria Line), 4 stops from Oxford Circus and 1 stop from Kings Cross. London Overground (formerly Silverlink Metro) to Highbury and Islington Station. Network Southeast to Essex Road Station.

Buses
271 to door; 4, 19, 30, 43 to Upper Street/Canonbury Lane; 38, 56, 73, 341 to Essex and Canonbury Roads

We have two bike racks located in the gallery garden

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