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.
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Roman Ostia: Ancient Ruins Modern Art

  • 24 September — 21 December 2014 *on now

This stimulating exhibition, spanning two millennia, juxtaposes antiquities from the important archaeological site of Ostia Antica, near Rome, with the work of two modern Italian artists: Umberto Mastroianni (1910-1998) and Ettore de Conciliis (b. 1941).

Through the juxtaposition of contrasting works from two widely diverse cultures, we can reflect not only on the gulf separating our own ideas of beauty from those of our ancestors, but also how alien the cultural artefacts of today may one day seem to our own descendants.

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.

View across Italian tile rooftops

Renato Guttuso: Painter of Modern Life

  • 14 January — 4 April 2015

Renato Guttuso (1911-1987) is one of Italy’s most widely respected modern painters. Toward the end of the 1930s, his characteristic brand of expressionist realism vividly conveyed the angst of a generation that wanted its art to reflect the urgency of contemporary life.

Rebelling against both the formalism of abstract painting and the naturalism advocated by those within Fascism’s cultural establishment who admired Nazi aesthetics, Guttuso played a key role in forging a style that went on to dominate Italian art through the immediate post- war years. Resolutely ‘popular’, his imagery continued to chronicle the nation’s frequently turbulent social and political life for over forty years.

Organised in collaboration with Galleria d’Arte Maggiore, Bologna.

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.

drawing of female figure

Modigliani: A Unique Artistic Voice

  • 15 April — 28 June 2015

The best known and most popular of all modern Italian painters, Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) is a true icon of twentieth-century art.

Working at the epicentre of avant-garde experimentation in Paris between 1906 and 1920, he developed an artistic vision that was entirely his own.

This exhibition – the first to be devoted to the artist at the Estorick Collection – focuses on Modigliani’s works on paper, showing the spiritual and stylistic influences which led to his unique portrayal of the human face and form.

Website

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

painting of figures in field

Fausto Pirandello

  • 8 July — 6 September 2015

Fausto Pirandello (1899-1975) was one of the most significant and influential painters working in Italy between the 1930s and the 1950s.

Best known for his powerful, psychologically intense depictions of figures located in spatially ambiguous interiors, Pirandello’s densely textured work was greatly admired by Eric Estorick, who included a number of his paintings in the touring exhibitions he organised during the post-war period.

Despite his reputation, this is the first exhibition to be dedicated to Pirandello the UK.

Website

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

Discoveries of the Estorick Collection

  • 23 September — 20 December 2015

For all the scholarly interest in early twentieth-century Italian painting, a number of questions remain regarding the techniques adopted by individual artists.

This exhibition presents the results of a scientific analysis of a number of works in the Estorick Collection, carried out in the context of a wider research project entitled From Futurism to Classicism (1910-1922), Research, Art History and Material Analysis.

The information obtained, using the most sophisticated imaging equipment currently available, promises to offer entirely new perspectives on familiar masterpieces from the Collection.

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

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