Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

Estorick Collection Building
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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, Museum

Opening hours

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

Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays

Admission charges

£6.50, Concessions £4.50
National Art Pass £3.25
Free to school children and full time students with valid NUS ID card.
Admission to café and shop free.

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass
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.
Photograph of a set design for the Italian film Patratrac (1931)

Rationalism on Set: Glamour and Modernity in 1930s Italian Cinema

  • 17 April — 24 June 2018 *on now

This exhibition explores a little-known period of Italian cinematic history, highlighting the strong Modernist influence apparent in the set designs created for a number of romantic comedies during the inter-war years. A selection of vintage photographs will be complemented by sketches and contemporary periodicals sourced from the Cineteca Nazionale, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Rome), the Cineteca di Bologna, the Museo Nazionale del Cinema (Turin) and the RIBA Collections.

Until recently, Italy’s contributions to architecture and cinema in the 1930s have been overlooked. The exhibition will look at the role played by Italian architects and architectural culture in the development of a Modernist aesthetic for film sets of the 1930s, which was increasingly adopted in contemporary films, largely due to the production company Cines, which sought to raise the quality of Italian cinema after a period of decline in the 1920s.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6.50, Concessions £4.50
National Art Pass £3.25
Free to school children and full time students with valid NUS ID card.
Admission to café and shop free.

Website

https://www.estorickcollection.com/exhibitions/rationalism-on-set-glamour-and-modernity-in-1930s-italian-cinema

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

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

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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