Estorick Collection

Estorick Collection Formed by Eric and Salome Estorick during the 1950s. The Collection is known internationally for its core of Futurist works.
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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

Starting the weekend with these lovely #Futurcats painted by Crali in 1948#caturday
15/02/2020

Starting the weekend with these lovely #Futurcats painted by Crali in 1948

#caturday

Half-term is here! ✨Join us next week for a series of fun workshops and activities for all the family.Family Art Days: W...
14/02/2020

Half-term is here! ✨

Join us next week for a series of fun workshops and activities for all the family.

Family Art Days: Wed-Thurs 11.00-14.00 - drop in workshops, free for children accompanied by a paying adult.

https://www.estorickcollection.com/events/under/families

By 1935 Crali had become a significant figure within the Futurist movement. He had also found his own distinctive style,...
12/02/2020

By 1935 Crali had become a significant figure within the Futurist movement. He had also found his own distinctive style, grounded in a perfect marriage of abstract and figurative elements.

This confident image depicts an artist at the height of his powers.

A Futurist Life: http://bit.ly/AFuturistLife

Carlo Carrà was born #onthisday in 1881.Together with Umberto Boccioni and Luigi Russolo he drafted the Manifesto of the...
11/02/2020

Carlo Carrà was born #onthisday in 1881.

Together with Umberto Boccioni and Luigi Russolo he drafted the Manifesto of the Futurist Painters and the Technical Manifesto of Futurist Painting (both 1910), issuing his own manifesto The Painting of Sounds, Noises and Smells in 1913.

Synthesis of a Café Concert, 1910-12

Crali’s admiration for Boccioni’s imagery is evident in this work. Its faceted planes and eerie tones evoke the melancho...
10/02/2020

Crali’s admiration for Boccioni’s imagery is evident in this work. Its faceted planes and eerie tones evoke the melancholy atmosphere of the artist’s ‘States of Mind’ triptych (1911) – as do the sombre expressions of its protagonists.

Discover Tullio Crali and his futurist works, on display at the @estorickcollection until 11 April.
09/02/2020

Discover Tullio Crali and his futurist works, on display at the @estorickcollection until 11 April.

Tullio Crali was fascinated by parachutists, who feature in some of his most dramatic works. Such images tend to focus o...
08/02/2020

Tullio Crali was fascinated by parachutists, who feature in some of his most dramatic works. Such images tend to focus on the ‘decisive moment’, capturing figures who are about to leap from the fuselage or who have just plunged into the void.

Tullio Crali, Releasing the Safety Belt in Flight, 1943, private collection.
http://bit.ly/AFuturistLife

“SASSINTESI rejects painterly backgrounds, as such interventions denaturalise the stones, reducing them to conventional ...
05/02/2020

“SASSINTESI rejects painterly backgrounds, as such interventions denaturalise the stones, reducing them to conventional plasticpictorial elements.” Tullio Crali

Inazami and Inazaghi (Japanese Legend), 1961, private collection.

Luigi Russolo died #onthisday in 1947. In 1909 he met Umberto Boccioni and Carlo Carrà and together they persuaded F. T....
04/02/2020

Luigi Russolo died #onthisday in 1947.

In 1909 he met Umberto Boccioni and Carlo Carrà and together they persuaded F. T. Marinetti of the need to extend Futurism’s programme of cultural renewal to the visual arts. Ironically, however, Russolo’s most important contribution to the movement was made in the musical sphere.

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.

His iconic painting "Music" (La Musica, 1911) is on display in our permanent collection.

Umberto Boccioni, Plastic Dynamism Horse + Houses, 1914Can you spot the horse? 🐎
02/02/2020

Umberto Boccioni, Plastic Dynamism Horse + Houses, 1914

Can you spot the horse? 🐎

Tullio Crali faced many challenges as a self-taught painter. Some of his struggles were of a technical nature, his exper...
01/02/2020

Tullio Crali faced many challenges as a self-taught painter. Some of his struggles were of a technical nature, his experiments with home-made oil paints ending in “disaster”: “I was forced to return to watercolours, subsequently moving on to tempera.”

Aeroplanes above the Metropolis, 1926, tempera on cardboard, private collection.

This early work by Tullio Crali is an essay in ‘the painting of states of mind’: a particular concern of the initial pha...
28/01/2020

This early work by Tullio Crali is an essay in ‘the painting of states of mind’: a particular concern of the initial phase of Futurist research (1910-12), when an expressive use of colour and form had been employed by artists to convey a range of different moods and emotions.

Crali’s experimentation with such subject matter offered him a means of developing his own voice while tackling one of Futurism’s canonical themes, and may well have been undertaken precisely with the aim of increasing his familiarity with the movement’s aesthetic principles and stylistic evolution.

Image: Tullio Crali, Obsession, 1926, Private Collection

Discover A Futurist Life, on display until 11 April 2020: http://bit.ly/AFuturistLife

Our museum needs you!We are looking for volunteers to welcome our visitors and look after the safety of our collection. ...
26/01/2020
Volunteering Opportunity - Estorick Collection

Our museum needs you!

We are looking for volunteers to welcome our visitors and look after the safety of our collection. Your role will be varied; one day you might be in our shop selling tickets and welcoming visitors, another you could be in one of the galleries invigilating and helping visitors make the most of their visit.

To learn more about this opportunity and to apply, please visit:

Image: Massimo Campigli, Study for 'Lira Divina', 1944

The Estorick Collection in Islington seeks your help. Volunteers already help our staff to offer a friendly and informed welcome to our visitors, and now we are looking for more. The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art is an internationally renowned Museum housed in a Grade II Georgian buildin...

“I look, I select, I listen, I arrange, but who or what should be credited with the act of creation? The stone? Me? Natu...
24/01/2020

“I look, I select, I listen, I arrange, but who or what should be credited with the act of creation? The stone? Me? Nature?”

Tullio Crali, The First Day (Il primo giorno), 1979

For Tullio Crali, aviation was a technological marvel, but it also possessed a profoundly lyrical – even spiritual – dim...
22/01/2020

For Tullio Crali, aviation was a technological marvel, but it also possessed a profoundly lyrical – even spiritual – dimension.

The artist spoke of “the direct, pure emotions experienced at great altitudes where silence and emptiness, saturated with light, liberate us from our everyday preoccupations and allow us to touch the threshold of Heaven”.

Tullio Crali, Magic in Flight, 1968

Constituting an important expression of Futurism’s machine aesthetic, aeropainting also reflected a more general contemp...
20/01/2020

Constituting an important expression of Futurism’s machine aesthetic, aeropainting also reflected a more general contemporary fascination with flight, and dovetailed perfectly with Crali’s own interests.

In 1928 he took to the skies for the first time and was overwhelmed by the experience, which he described as a “baptism”:
"The surge of take-off, the powerful voice of the engines, the intransigence of the propeller, the surprise of feeling oneself suspended at one hundred, five hundred, a thousand metres above the ocean, the obedience of the controls, the rebelliousness of the wind, air pockets, steep climbs: everything was wondrous, and when I found myself back on the ground I felt as if I had been robbed."

Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life runs at the Estorick Collection until 11 April 2020.

London Art Fair features over 130 galleries showcasing an incredible selection of works, alongside curated section Photo...
19/01/2020

London Art Fair features over 130 galleries showcasing an incredible selection of works, alongside curated section Photo50; presenting current trends in contemporary photographic practice.
Photo50 2020 is curated by Laura Noble, the exhibition Occupy the Void, explores the vast pool of talented living female photographers aged over 50 and the cultural 'space’ they inhabit.

Find more information here: https://bit.ly/35YXEYf

FRANCIS BACON - Study of the Human Body after Ingres - lithograph - 1982 - Gildens Art Gallery

Tullio Crali, Jonathan Monoplane, 1988The title of this work is a reference to Richard Bach’s 1970 novella Jonathan Livi...
19/01/2020

Tullio Crali, Jonathan Monoplane, 1988

The title of this work is a reference to Richard Bach’s 1970 novella Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, which describes the struggles of its eponymous hero to ‘rise above’ the rest of his flock.

Click here to learn more about our new show: http://bit.ly/AFuturistLife

With its particular focus on “the immense visual and sensory drama of flight”, Crali’s work is most closely associated w...
18/01/2020

With its particular focus on “the immense visual and sensory drama of flight”, Crali’s work is most closely associated with the genre of ‘aeropainting’, which dominated Futurist research during the 1930s and early 1940s.

We are open today until 18 and tomorrow 12-17. No need to book in advance.

Visit http://www.estorickcollection.com for more information

Crali officially entered the Futurist movement in 1929. Perhaps inspired by this new status, he would soon produce his f...
17/01/2020

Crali officially entered the Futurist movement in 1929. Perhaps inspired by this new status, he would soon produce his first masterpiece, The Forces of the Bend. It is a remarkably assured and distinctive performance, which the artist himself recognised as “a leap forward”.
Graphic rather than painterly in style – like much of Crali’s early imagery – the work has something of a Pop quality about it in its flashy immortalisation of a modern icon: the car of racing driver Pietro Bordino (1887-1928), who was one of Crali’s idols.

Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life runs until 11 April 2020.
More info at http://bit.ly/AFuturistLife

Featuring rarely seen works from the 1920s to the 1980s, drawn from the collection of the artist’s family, this catalogu...
16/01/2020
Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life - Estorick Collection

Featuring rarely seen works from the 1920s to the 1980s, drawn from the collection of the artist’s family, this catalogue designed by Studio Bergini explores every phase of Crali’s remarkably coherent career.

Available online and in our shop - £14.95 (+ p&p)

For Tullio Crali (1910–2000) Italian Futurism was not so much a school of painting or poetry as an attitude to life itself. His powerful imagery reflected the movement’s unrestrained enthusiasm for the modern world, embracing technology and the machine as important sources of creative inspiratio...

Are you ready to lose yourself in the vortex of Tullio Crali's aeropainting? A Futurist Life opens tomorrow! Find out mo...
14/01/2020

Are you ready to lose yourself in the vortex of Tullio Crali's aeropainting?

A Futurist Life opens tomorrow!

Find out more: http://bit.ly/AFuturistLife

For Tullio Crali (1910-2000) Futurism was not simply a style of painting, but an attitude to life itself. Tullio Crali: ...
11/01/2020

For Tullio Crali (1910-2000) Futurism was not simply a style of painting, but an attitude to life itself. Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life, on display from Wednesday 15 January, will explore every phase of Crali’s remarkably coherent career, featuring a large number of rarely seen works from the 1920s to the 1980s.

Tullio Crali, Jonathan Monoplane, 1988, Private Collection.

Find out more: http://bit.ly/AFuturistLife

Please note that only the permanent collection's galleries are going to be open this weekend. Admissions are discounted ...
10/01/2020

Please note that only the permanent collection's galleries are going to be open this weekend.

Admissions are discounted to Standard - £5.00; Concessions - £3.00; National Art Pass - £2.50; free for Estorick Members and U18s.

Today we have been rehanging Gallery 6 of the museum with a display of Futurist drawings. It will be open tomorrow from ...
08/01/2020

Today we have been rehanging Gallery 6 of the museum with a display of Futurist drawings. It will be open tomorrow from 11.00.

Mario Sironi, The Metaphysical Robot Arant, 1915

“I have always regarded art as being the God centre of the altar at which I have always really kneeled my entire life an...
04/01/2020

“I have always regarded art as being the God centre of the altar at which I have always really kneeled my entire life and in front of which I shall die and die happily!” Eric Estorick

Eric Estorick (1913-93) was an American sociologist and writer who began seriously to collect works of art after he came to live in England following the Second World War. Born in Brooklyn, Estorick studied at New York University during the early 1930s. It was there that he discovered The Gallery of Living Art in Washington Square College, a remarkable collection containing masterpieces by Picasso, Léger, Miró and Matisse which was to inspire him to become a collector himself.

Portrait of Eric Estorick by Gino Severini, 1956

The Estorick Collection will reopen to the public on Wednesday 8 January with three of our permanent collection gallerie...
03/01/2020

The Estorick Collection will reopen to the public on Wednesday 8 January with three of our permanent collection galleries open.

Discounted entry fees apply whilst we install Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life, which will be on display from 15 January 2020.

Happy New Year from the Estorick Collection!
01/01/2020

Happy New Year from the Estorick Collection!

Our last #tbt of the year takes us back to the great art we had the pleasure to host in 2019. From Fausto Melotti to the...
31/12/2019

Our last #tbt of the year takes us back to the great art we had the pleasure to host in 2019. From Fausto Melotti to the drawings from the Ramo Collection, from Scheggi to the reconstructions of Boccioni’s lost sculptures, which show was your favourite exhibition?

2020 marks one hundred years since the death of the influential painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani. Perhaps the best...
30/12/2019

2020 marks one hundred years since the death of the influential painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani. Perhaps the best known Italian artist of the early twentieth century, Modigliani was based in Paris from 1906 and developed his distinctive style inspired by visits to the Trocadéro ethnographic museum.

In Spring 2020 the Estorick Collection will present Italian Threads: MITA Textile Design 1926-1976.Founded in Genoa in 1...
29/12/2019

In Spring 2020 the Estorick Collection will present Italian Threads: MITA Textile Design 1926-1976.

Founded in Genoa in 1926, MITA was an Italian firm that specialized in rugs, tapestries and other textiles, and earned its reputation by collaborating with some of Italy’s most talented artists, including Gio Ponti, Fortunato Depero, Arturo Martini, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Giò Pomodoro and Ettore Sottsass Jr.

This exhibition, organised in collaboration with Wolfsoniana - Palazzo Ducale Fondazione per la Cultura, Genova, reveals the company’s characteristically Italian approach to design.

“You don’t really have to be a good painter to have an eye and to be a collector” Eric Estorick
28/12/2019

“You don’t really have to be a good painter to have an eye and to be a collector”
Eric Estorick

Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life will open at the Estorick Collection on 15 January. This new exhibition will cover every p...
27/12/2019

Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life will open at the Estorick Collection on 15 January.

This new exhibition will cover every phase of the artist’s remarkably coherent career, including iconic aeropaintings, experimental works of visual poetry and mixed-media reliefs, as well as examples of ‘cosmic’ imagery dating from the 1960s, inspired by advances in space exploration.

http://bit.ly/AFuturistLife

Cubist breakfast for Boxing Day anyone?
26/12/2019

Cubist breakfast for Boxing Day anyone?

Renato Guttuso was born #onthisday in 1911.In 1944 Guttuso fought in the Resistance, and in the post-war period his imag...
26/12/2019
Renato Guttuso - Estorick Collection

Renato Guttuso was born #onthisday in 1911.

In 1944 Guttuso fought in the Resistance, and in the post-war period his imagery found favour with the Italian Communist Party (PCI), which disdained the perceived elitism of abstraction. Resolutely ‘popular’, his work continued to chronicle Italy’s frequently turbulent political life, and the changing face of its society, for over forty years.

Guttuso (1911-1987) is one of Italy’s most widely respected modern painters. Toward the end of the 1930s his powerful brand of expressionist realism vividly conveyed the angst of a generation which wanted its art to reflect and engage with the urgency of contemporary life. Rejecting both the forma...

“Without diminishing themselves in any way, artists can also express their talents in the kitchen. Renew and update your...
25/12/2019

“Without diminishing themselves in any way, artists can also express their talents in the kitchen. Renew and update your Christmas dining tables this year with Futurist courage and imagination!” Fortunato Depero

Happy Christmas from us to you!

Left it to the very last minute? Gift an experience this year by giving an art lover the experience of art with one of o...
24/12/2019
Estorick Collection

Left it to the very last minute?

Gift an experience this year by giving an art lover the experience of art with one of our adult art classes! Explore the Crali’s ideas around space art, body as machines and creative writing in workshops led by contemporary artists.

Classes start from as little as £8.

Join artist and self confessed space nerd Giles Bunch to explore the themes and imagery found in Crali's manifesto Orbital Art through a range of creative making and imaginative processes that touch on the phenomenon of space junk, astronaut behavioural training and the concept of artworks in outer....

The Estorick Collection will be closed for the festive period and reopen on 8 January 2020. Subscribe to our newsletter ...
23/12/2019

The Estorick Collection will be closed for the festive period and reopen on 8 January 2020.

Subscribe to our newsletter and receive updates on our programme of exhibitions and events for the New Year.

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Estorick Collection's cover photo
22/12/2019

Estorick Collection's cover photo

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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: http://www.twitter.com/Estorick Follow us on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/estorickcollection

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