Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

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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

Adults £5.00
Concessions £3.50
Free entry for students

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.

The Experience of Colour: Astrazione Oggettiva

  • 13 April — 31 July 2016 *on now

In the autumn of 1976, a group of painters from Italy’s northern Trentino region published their ‘Manifesto of Objective Abstraction’. Reacting against what they considered to be the superficiality of contemporary culture, Mauro Cappelletti, Diego Mazzonelli, Gianni Pellegrini, Aldo Schmid, Luigi Senesi and Giuseppe Wenter Marini called for a renewed attention to the painterly process and its fundamentally abstract concerns.

Although each artist possessed a unique and independent artistic vision, what united them was their desire to make colour the focal point of their artistic practice, exploring its optical and perceptual effects. As the group’s name suggests, instinct was set aside in favour of discipline and control, resulting in the creation of an impersonal, intellectual art that minimised the importance of an emotional response on the part of either the artist or the viewer.

This exhibition explores a little-known moment in Italian painting, but one that nevertheless represents an important phase in the evolution of abstract art in post-war Italy. It is also the first show in Britain to focus on the group, and presents a number of important pieces by each of its members.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

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

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

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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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