Emilio Longoni, L'oratore dello sciopero, 1890-1891.
Formed by Eric and Salome Estorick during the 1950s. The Collection is known internationally for its core of Futurist works.
The Estorick Collection of modern Italian art was formed by Eric and Salome Estorick during the 1950s. The Collection is known internationally for its core Futurist works as well as figurative painting and sculpture from 1895 -1950s. Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Estorick Follow us on Instagram https://instagram.com/estorickcollection
Emilio Longoni, L'oratore dello sciopero, 1890-1891.
An iconic figure of early Futurism, Russolo was born on 30 April 1885.
In 1913 he published his revolutionary manifesto ‘The Art of Noises’, calling for the integration of a range of different sound effects into musical compositions. To this end, he developed rudimentary instruments called intonarumori (‘noise-intoners’) to replicate the screeching, hissing and roaring of the industrial age.
Here is our tribute to his work.
It is with great sadness that we have learnt that Germano Celant, the Italian curator and art critic who was considered as the father of Arte Povera, has died in Milan from coronavirus related complications. Celant was 80 years old and will be sorely missed.
- Make a paste from flour and water
- Spread it on a smooth surface to create your canvas
- Draw into it with your fingers
- Collect different objects and explore what marks they make
- Take photos and smooth your canvas to start again
Top Tip: Explore making pastes of different thicknesses and change the size and shape of your canvases!
Experiment: Try using other materials such as shaving foam, clay, mashed potatoes etc.
Share your mark making with us Estorick Collection and #artindoors
"I believe that nothing can be more abstract, more unreal, than what we actually see." Giorgio Morandi
Still Life, 1962
In 1931, Nocturnal Bombardment was included in a group exhibition in Trieste, during which Crali and Marinetti met one another for the first time. Their bond was immediate.
Try drawing sounds like Futurist artist Luigi Russolo 🎶
- Find some paper or recycled card and something to draw with
- Choose some music to listen to. Swing music works really well!
- Feel the music and draw the sounds
- Cut out the drawings you’ve made
- Make a hole and thread some string through
- Tie the strings to a coat hanger
- Try hanging it in different places and take photos
📌 Top Tip: Explore drawing different types of music
Share your creations with us Estorick Collection and #artindoors
Today would have been the first day of our exhibition Italian Threads: MITA Textile Design 1926-1976. The show is now postponed with new dates to be announced, so here is a little taster!
Find out more: https://bit.ly/-Mita
Which artists inspired the work of Tullio Crali? Discover more with our latest bitesize video!
Visit our website for more content on Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life
📣 "WE MUST INVENT FUTURIST CLOTHES, hap-hap-hap-hap-happy clothes, daring clothes with brilliant colours and dynamic lines."
Giacomo Balla, Futurist Manifesto of Men's Clothing, 1913
📬Did you know that the exhibition catalogue of our exhibition on Tullio Crali is still available on our online shop? ➡️http://bit.ly/2TuDGlC
Tullio Crali, Nightmare,1927, Private Collection.
This is how our weekend in lockdown is looking ... 💤
#tbt to Gerardo Dottori: The Futurist View held at the Estorick Collection in 2014.
Gerardo Dottori (1884-1977) was one of the pivotal figures of Italian Futurism during the inter-war years. His expansive and intensely poetic visions of the Umbrian landscape, viewed from above, were among the earliest and most striking examples of ‘aeropainting’ – the dominant trend within Futurist art throughout the 1930s, exploring the dynamic perspectives offered by flight.
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Gerardo Dottori (1884-1977) was one of the pivotal figures of Italian Futurism during the inter-war years. His expansive and intensely poetic visions of the Umbrian landscape, viewed from above, were among the earliest and most striking examples of ‘aeropainting’ – the dominant trend within Fu...
Futurist artist Tullio Crali loved the idea of art in outer space! 🛰️🚀
Here's some instructions to experiment making your own space sculpture!
1 - Find a sheet of tin foil
2 - Separate it into 5 pieces and try...
3 - Smoothing and folding it into shapes
4 - Screwing it up- loosely and tightly
5 - Twisting it into interesting forms
6 - Fill a bowl with water and see how each object floats/ sinks
7 - Light them up with a torch and take photos or draw it
📌Top Tip - Try joining or balancing your sculptures on one another
🔶Experiment- Add food colouring or bath products to change the water.
Show us what you've made by tagging us Estorick Collection #artindoors
With the museum currently closed in line with government guidelines, we are bringing Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life to you.
Check out our latest video with curator Christopher Adams on Tullio Crali and Aeropainting.
We hope you are having a happy Easter Sunday indoors or... on the balcony!
Giacomo Balla. Portrait of Fontana, 1907
Today's #flashbackfriday takes us back to the colourful exhibition on Giacomo Balla we held in 2017 in collaboration with the Fondazione Biagiotti Cigna.
Did you visit it? We are sorry if you didn't but the exhibition catalogue is still available on our online shop! 💥
With the museum currently closed in line with government guidelines, we are bringing Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life to you. An illuminating series of bite-size introductions to the exhibition by its two curators now enables virtual visitors to experience the exhibition remotely and for free through video content regularly released over the coming weeks.
Join us to make some Futurist art indoors!
1 - Find some recycled card 📦🛍🏷
2 - Cut out different geometric shapes ✂️
3 - Fill in the shapes with patterns and colours 🖍
4 - Arrange to make a character or picture🤖
5 - Take a photo 📸
🔍 Search Fortunato Depero’s artworks online to give you some ideas.
📌 Top-Tip- Some recycled cartons are silver inside!
Tag @Estorick Collection #artindoors to share what you've made 📣
You can still order from our online shop and have the best of modern Italian art delivered at your doorstep!
The fully illustrated exhibition catalogue of Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life is on sale for just £10.95 instead of £14.95.
Design: Studio Bergini
Emilio Greco died #onthisday in 1995.
Strongly influenced by Etruscan, Greek and Roman art, Greco is best known for his powerful portrait busts and sensual nudes that are classicised yet volumetric, often characterised by perfectly rounded heads.
Crali was an aeropainter avant la lettre, having explored aeronautical motifs in some of his earliest Futurist works. This complex and immersive work constitutes a prototype of Crali’s most famous aeropainting of all, Nose-diving on the City.
Tullio Crali, Roarings of an Aeroplane, 1927
Tullio Crali struggled to comprehend Futurism’s sophisticated pictorial theories as a youngster, but was impatient to experiment, and soon began to apply his still rudimentary knowledge of Futurist aesthetics to his own creations, characterising the initial results as “drawings and watercolours employing stylised geometric forms”.
The Tempest – Crali’s first Futurist work – reflects this approach with its zigzagging lightning bolts and jagged, angular waves and it is focused on an appropriately turbulent aspect of the natural world – yet curiously devoid of any mechanical elements.
Massimo Campigli, Woman at Loom, 1951, Estorick Collection.
Are there any hobbies you are cultivating during the quarantine?
“Anyone who has experienced flight [...] will be familiar with the way in which being aloft leads to a newfound serenity of thought and temperament […]. Flying changes one’s physical and spiritual condition. This is the essence of aeropainting” – Tullio Crali
T. Crali, Flying at High Altitude, 1929, private collection
Fortunato Depero was born #onthisday in 1892.
Depero first encountered Futurism in 1913 at an exhibition of drawings and sculpture by Umberto Boccioni in Rome. He subsequently met Marinetti and other Futurist artists.
Shortly after he was invited to join the group he held his first one-man show in Rome, and published the influential manifesto Futurist Reconstruction of the Universe with Giacomo Balla, his mentor.
"We Futurist, Balla and Depero, seek to realise this total fusion in order to reconstruct the universe by making it more joyful, in other words by an integral re-creation. We will give skeleton and flesh to the invisible, the impalpable, the imponderable and the imperceptible. We will find abstract equivalents for all the forms and elements of the universe, and then we will combine them according to the caprice of our inspiration, to shape plastic complexes which we will set in motion."
Giacomo Balla, Fortunato Depero
Futurist Reconstruction of the Universe, 1915
Since we can’t welcome you in, we are are bringing the exhibition to you.
🔉Listen to this extract from Tullio Crali, Aeropittura Futurista Italiana, 1941.
“My art changes form, but not substance. A lack of faith in mankind leads me to turn my attention to nature. I search out serenity in everything; I try to discover the movements of nature and to express its vitality. It is the Futurist principle of ‘universal dynamism’ that is striving to take form. There is no change of ideology.” Tullio Crali
Tullio Crali, Vegetable Volumes, 1948
Exhibition curator Christopher Adams introduces the painting "The Forces of the Bend" (1930).
The work is featured in our exhibition Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life, originally planned to be on display until 11 April 2020.
Can you spot the two lovers in this drawing by Renato Guttuso?
Happy #MothersDay! 💐
Giorgio Morandi, Vase of Flowers, 1924
Even the Futurists practice #socialdistancing.
Estorick Collection's cover photo
Our online shop is still open, grab a copy of our exhibition catalogue Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life while you can!
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