Estorick Collection

Estorick Collection 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. Franco Grignani: Art as Design 1050-1990 5 July - 10 September 2017 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Estorick Follow us on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/estorick/

Gino Severini, Quaker Oats - Cubist Still Life, 1917Severini had always seen himself as somewhat apart from the other pr...
19/05/2019

Gino Severini, Quaker Oats - Cubist Still Life, 1917

Severini had always seen himself as somewhat apart from the other principal protagonists of the Futurist movement due to his location in Paris, the centre of the avant garde in the early twentieth century. This is visible in the influence of Cubism that appears in many Severini's works, occurring much earlier than in those of the members of the Futurist movement based in Italy.

Piero Dorazio died #onthisday in 2005.Dorazio - who was also the author of theoretical writings on painting and percepti...
17/05/2019

Piero Dorazio died #onthisday in 2005.

Dorazio - who was also the author of theoretical writings on painting and perception - developed highly original concrete and formalist premises through research oriented toward the creation of extremely refined textures marked by complex and labyrinthine rhythms (he was great aficionado of jazz music). These were characterized by compositional rigour, three-dimensional effects and subtle variations of light, in many respects reflecting the ‘optical’ interest of the 1960s.
He was invited to take part in the exhibition The Responsive Eye held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York: an important international survey of optical-perceptual tendencies in the visual arts following the experience of Art Informel.

P. Dorazio, Untitled, 1962, Collezione Ramo, Milan

Eva Marisaldi's Radia (2019) presents a sort of architectural model divided into four small listening rooms, each furnis...
16/05/2019

Eva Marisaldi's Radia (2019) presents a sort of architectural model divided into four small listening rooms, each furnished with a chair, lights and an audio system playing the artist's voice reciting a text on the theme of verbal expression and language.

Discover Eva Marisaldi's intervention, on display in our permanent collection until 23 June.

“When I paint a picture I always secretly think of the wall on which I could be painting at that moment, the space, th...
15/05/2019

“When I paint a picture I always secretly think of the wall on which I could be painting at that moment, the space, the architecture for which it could be intended. Which perhaps means that I do not believe in purist painting, painting that lives by itself, autonomously, in abstract isolation. This is or should be, in my opinion, contemporary painting’s only possible ‘humanity’.” Bice Lazzari, 1957

Pino Pascali looked at Jackson Pollock’s conception of painting as an ‘arena’’ within which to act and took insp...
13/05/2019

Pino Pascali looked at Jackson Pollock’s conception of painting as an ‘arena’’ within which to act and took inspiration from Burri’s manner of relating to the real world and its most elementary materials. Powdered tempera, minium, bitumen and petrol are the materials used by Pino Pascali in the creation of a work of 1959 titled, not coincidentally, Mould.

Come and have a closer look to this artwork, on display in our galleries until 23 June.
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Mario Sironi was born #onthisday in 1885.By the 1920s, the sprawling industrial quarters of Milan had become the dominan...
12/05/2019

Mario Sironi was born #onthisday in 1885.

By the 1920s, the sprawling industrial quarters of Milan had become the dominant subject matter of Sironi’s art. In these images he adapted the disquieting Metaphysical iconography of Giorgio de Chirico to evoke a powerful sense of alienation and post-war disillusionment.

Mario Sironi, Urban Landscape, c.1924

"My surfaces [...] are the reflection of that internal space devoid of contradictions to which we aspire. Therefore, the...
10/05/2019

"My surfaces [...] are the reflection of that internal space devoid of contradictions to which we aspire. Therefore, they exist - as objects of instantaneous assimilation - for the length of an act of communion, before time restricts them to their material precariousness". E. Castellani

Enrico Castellani, Untitled (Blue Surface), 1967, Collezione Ramo - on display at the Estorick Collection until 23 June 2019.

In 1944 Guttuso fought in the Resistance, and in the post-war period his imagery found favour with the Italian Communist...
06/05/2019

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.

Renato Guttuso, Untitled (study for Occupation of Uncultivated Land in Sicily), 1949, Collezione Ramo, Milan

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Alberto Savinio died #onthisday in 1952.Savinio, who shared with his brother Giorgio de Chirico a certain fascination fo...
05/05/2019

Alberto Savinio died #onthisday in 1952.

Savinio, who shared with his brother Giorgio de Chirico a certain fascination for classicism, was also very attracted by the antediluvian era, populated by gigantic beings, and strange animals and monsters inhabiting mysterious and stormy seas.

The sea can be glimpsed in this work of 1931, now on display at the Estorick Collection, focused a singular female figure dressed in nineteenth-century clothes and with the head of a pelican. It is from the sea, one imagines, that the gigantic figure has emerged whose classical figures almost fill the window: an opening onto the unknown, the unexpected, the freedom of imagination.

Make the best of this long weekend and come to discover our exhibition on 20th century Italian drawing, we are open as u...
04/05/2019

Make the best of this long weekend and come to discover our exhibition on 20th century Italian drawing, we are open as usual today and tomorrow!

Who's Afraid of Drawing? Works on Paper from the Ramo Collection explores drawing as more than just a preparatory activity, considering it as an art form in its own right.

Giuseppe Capogrossi, Untitled (Surface AC/307/G), 1958-1962, Collezione Ramo, Milan

#flashbackfriday to our fabulous Summer party sponsored by Campari last summer in occasion of the opening of our exhibit...
03/05/2019

#flashbackfriday to our fabulous Summer party sponsored by Campari last summer in occasion of the opening of our exhibition The Art of Campari.

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Domenico Gnoli was born on this day in 1933. "I was born knowing that I would become a painter, because my father, an ar...
03/05/2019

Domenico Gnoli was born on this day in 1933.

"I was born knowing that I would become a painter, because my father, an art critic, had always presented painting to me as the only acceptable thing to do. He directed me toward classical Italian painting, against which I very soon reacted, but I could not forget the character and the techniques of the Renaissance" D. Gnoli

Discover his works featured in our exhibition Who's Afraid of Drawing? Works on Paper from the Ramo Collection, on display until 23 June

A new Intervention by Italian contemporary artist Eva Marisaldi is now open until 23 June.Inspired by Futurist works in ...
02/05/2019

A new Intervention by Italian contemporary artist Eva Marisaldi is now open until 23 June.

Inspired by Futurist works in the Collection, and with particular reference to the experiments conducted by Fortunato Depero and Ivo Pannaggi, Marisaldi has conceived a series of works incorporating a range of different media.

Luigi Russolo was born #onthisday in 1885.In 1913 he published his revolutionary manifesto ‘The Art of Noises’, call...
30/04/2019

Luigi Russolo was born #onthisday in 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. He developed rudimentary instruments called intonarumori (‘noise-intoners’) to replicate the screeching, hissing and roaring of the industrial age.

During the 1950s Italian artist Afro spent several months in the United States where he worked on paper a great deal, ex...
29/04/2019

During the 1950s Italian artist Afro spent several months in the United States where he worked on paper a great deal, experimenting with different materials.
This Composition from 1951, created immediately after his return from New York, is characterized by strong vertical features suggesting the tower and block structure of the modern American city - at the time still something of a novelty for Italians!

Happy birthday to Ottone Rosai!Born in Florence in 1895, Rosai was educated at the city’s Academy of Fine Arts, but wa...
28/04/2019

Happy birthday to Ottone Rosai!

Born in Florence in 1895, Rosai was educated at the city’s Academy of Fine Arts, but was expelled following a disagreement with a teacher. In 1913 an exhibition of his work was visited by the Futurists; according to Rosai, “They invited me to join them and from that very day I became a militant Futurist.”
During the post-war period however, his art gradually moved away from the Futurist idiom and he adopted a solemn figurative style inspired by early Renaissance imagery and the work of Cézanne.

"Untitled (Study for Rumoristica plastica BALTRR)" reflects Giacomo Balla’s particular interest in provocative poetic ...
26/04/2019

"Untitled (Study for Rumoristica plastica BALTRR)" reflects Giacomo Balla’s particular interest in provocative poetic innovation, and experimental theatre and cinema at this time. These interests developed within the wider context of that total aesthetic reinvention of the world outlined in The Futurist Reconstruction of the Universe - a manifesto he wrote with Fortunato Depero and published on 11 March 1915.

Who's Afraid of Drawing? Works on Paper from the Ramo Collection: https://bitly.com/WAOD

The focal point of this work in tempera by Bruno Munari is a small black disc placed on a sphere which casts its own sha...
25/04/2019

The focal point of this work in tempera by Bruno Munari is a small black disc placed on a sphere which casts its own shadow: a three-dimensional body of the same colour as the paper, and therefore seemingly transparent, whose surface is partially rendered opaque by sections of other yellow and black circles.

Have you already visited our new exhibition on 20th century Italian works on paper?

In 1953 Italian poet Emilio Villa described Alberto Burri as “the urban mytographer who invents, in this sterile spher...
24/04/2019

In 1953 Italian poet Emilio Villa described Alberto Burri as “the urban mytographer who invents, in this sterile sphere called painting something that is not without hope and which is as necessary as bread, as work, as miracles”.

This artwork belongs to the series of ‘Combustions’ that Alberto Burri started creating from the end of 1954.

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“Every contact with contingent reality has been excluded; the inspiration of the artist is directed toward the extreme...
23/04/2019

“Every contact with contingent reality has been excluded; the inspiration of the artist is directed toward the extreme latitudes of the introspective world” Enrico Prampolini, 1941

Enrico Prampolini, Untitled (Cosmic Landscapes), 1932 - featured in our new exhibition Who's Afraid of Drawing? Works on Paper from the Ramo Collection - on display until 23 June

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The Estorick Collection will remain closed today, see you on Wednesday and Happy Easter!Giacomo Balla, Portrait of Fonta...
21/04/2019

The Estorick Collection will remain closed today, see you on Wednesday and Happy Easter!

Giacomo Balla, Portrait of Fontana, 1907

Discover Who's Afraid of Drawing? Works on Paper from the Ramo Collection this weekend! We are open today but closed on ...
20/04/2019

Discover Who's Afraid of Drawing? Works on Paper from the Ramo Collection this weekend! We are open today but closed on Easter Sunday.

"From the 1990s to arte povera, a history of modern Italian art on a manageable scale" The Guardian

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Our new exhibition presents for the first time in UK around 60 works coming from the Ramo Collection, based in Milan.Thi...
19/04/2019

Our new exhibition presents for the first time in UK around 60 works coming from the Ramo Collection, based in Milan.
This exhibition, organised according to the philosophy of the collection, goes beyond the cliché that considers drawing subordinate to painting and sculpture.

You can trust drawing – come close to them, you won’t be scared.

Discover our new exhibition on 20th Century Italian drawing this weekend! We are open on Good Friday and Saturday but cl...
18/04/2019

Discover our new exhibition on 20th Century Italian drawing this weekend! We are open on Good Friday and Saturday but closed on Easter Sunday.

Roberto Crippa, Untitled (Spiral), 1960s

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Carlo Carrà died #onthisday in 1966.In 1911, Carrà’s direct exposure to Cubism during a visit to Paris had a profoun...
13/04/2019

Carlo Carrà died #onthisday in 1966.

In 1911, Carrà’s direct exposure to Cubism during a visit to Paris had a profound effect on the work of this artistic magpie, as illustrated by drawings such as Boxer (currently on display in Gallery 4) and Synthesis of a Café Concert.
Like Boccioni, he also reworked existing imagery in line with Cubist principles prior to the group’s famous Paris exhibition of 1912.

Just one week left to the opening of Who's Afraid of Drawing? Works on Paper from the Ramo Collection.Presenting around ...
09/04/2019

Just one week left to the opening of Who's Afraid of Drawing? Works on Paper from the Ramo Collection.

Presenting around 60 pieces from the collection, shown in the UK for the first time, this exhibition will explore drawing as more than just a preparatory activity, considering it as an art form in its own right.

Manlio Rho, Untitled (Composition), Senza titolo (Composizione), 1937-38, Collezione Ramo, Milan.

Estorick Collection's cover photo
08/04/2019

Estorick Collection's cover photo

FINAL DAY of Fausto Melotti: Counterpoint. Don't miss it!‘This first public gallery show devoted to Fausto Melotti int...
07/04/2019

FINAL DAY of Fausto Melotti: Counterpoint. Don't miss it!

‘This first public gallery show devoted to Fausto Melotti introduces to London the full scope of the delightful, individual, playful but precise and refined oeuvre of a post-war sculptor celebrated in Italy but little known beyond’ Financial Times

“Italy, in a few brief years, has changed the way the world looks – the cars, buildings, furniture and, most univers...
06/04/2019

“Italy, in a few brief years, has changed the way the world looks – the cars, buildings, furniture and, most universally, the women.” Life, 1961

Discover the "golden age" of Italian design in our special display The Making of Modern Italy. Ends on Sunday.⠀

Music, theatre and sculpture meet in a performance based on the book Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino, an account of Ma...
04/04/2019

Music, theatre and sculpture meet in a performance based on the book Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino, an account of Marco Polo’s journey through the imaginary and evocative cities of Kublai Kahn's vast empire.

"There was a moment when, after having met Fausto Melotti, one of the first Italian abstractionist, I had to write cities as thin as his sculptures: cities on stilts, spider web cities." Italo Calvino, I Segni Alti (for Fausto Melotti) 1995

Join us tomorrow night at 19.00 for The Invisible Cities Project, £15/£12 Estorick Members + Concessions

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Fausto Melotti's "Harlequin’s Wife" (1979) is full of minute details that the artist invitesus to discover as if it we...
31/03/2019

Fausto Melotti's "Harlequin’s Wife" (1979) is full of minute details that the artist invites
us to discover as if it were possible to unravel a story, or give voice to the memories that emerge from within.

Hop on your Vespas and head to Islington this weekend!There are just two weekends left to catch our special display dedi...
30/03/2019

Hop on your Vespas and head to Islington this weekend!

There are just two weekends left to catch our special display dedicated to the making of Modern Italy through art and design in the early 1960s,

Did you know that there are several horses featured in works in the Estorick Collection?From depictions of powerful beas...
29/03/2019

Did you know that there are several horses featured in works in the Estorick Collection?

From depictions of powerful beasts by the Futurists to the melancholic animals in Zoran Music's desolate landscapes, horses have provided evocative symbolism for many artists.

Study for ‘The City Rises', 1910, is one of many preparatory works for the masterpiece now belonging to New York’s M...
26/03/2019

Study for ‘The City Rises', 1910, is one of many preparatory works for the masterpiece now belonging to New York’s Museum of Modern Art, which Umberto Boccioni painted between 1910 and 1911 at a moment of crucial importance for the definition of the Futurist vocabulary.
This study, however, is not a quick sketch but reveals a care in the modulation of light and colour as well as in the composition’s details, and a process of development by means of Divisionism in accordance with ideas outlined in the "Manifesto tecnico della pittura futurista".

Informed by the languages of music and mathematics, Melotti’s harmonious and delicately-poised work is revered in Ital...
24/03/2019

Informed by the languages of music and mathematics, Melotti’s harmonious and delicately-poised work is revered in Italy, yet surprisingly little-known in the UK.

Fausto Melotti: Counterpoint - on display until 7 April 2019

The abstract patterns designed by Emilio Pucci owed a debt to the theories and textile designs of the Futurist artist Gi...
23/03/2019

The abstract patterns designed by Emilio Pucci owed a debt to the theories and textile designs of the Futurist artist Giacomo Balla. In fact, the Futurists had been pioneers of an interdisciplinary approach to creativity, dismantling the barriers between the arts through their call for a ‘Futurist Reconstruction of the Universe’ in a manifesto of 1915.

Explore Emilio Pucci's contribution in The Making of Modern Italy, on display until 7 April. https://buff.ly/2DVVaPo

Left: Emilio Pucci, Scarf, 1960s, Private Collection
Right: Giacomo Balla, Study for a Scarf with Flowing Lines, 1930, Biagiotti Cigna Foundation, Rome Laura Biagiotti

In its muted tones, subject matter and analytical approach, this work reveals Soffici's great admiration for, and unders...
22/03/2019

In its muted tones, subject matter and analytical approach, this work reveals Soffici's great admiration for, and understanding of, Cubist aesthetics. To the left stands what appears to be an oil lamp, surmounted by a cluster of triangular forms representing the lampshade seen in profile. In keeping with Cubism's use of multiple perspectives, sweeping arcs and circular forms suggest simultaneous views of the underside of the shade, the lamp's base and the rim of the wine glass standing next to it.

Ardengo Soffici, Decostruction of the Planes of a Lamp, 1912-13

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Fausto Melotti's original investigation of non-figurative languages, which he defined as “the marriage of geometry wit...
21/03/2019

Fausto Melotti's original investigation of non-figurative languages, which he defined as “the marriage of geometry with poetry”, obtained extraordinary results in a large number of light, threadlike – almost dematerialized – sculptures that responded to the intimate need to modulate, and not to model the compositional elements, in order to obtain a harmonic and suspended equilibrium.

Just a few weeks left to catch Fausto Melotti: Counterpoint at the Estorick Collection don't miss it!

Founded in 1928 by Gio Ponti, Domus had a multidisciplinary focus from the outset, encompassing architecture, arts and c...
19/03/2019

Founded in 1928 by Gio Ponti, Domus had a multidisciplinary focus from the outset, encompassing architecture, arts and crafts, and design. In the post-war period it also featured contemporary art and addressed wider cultural debates. Readers of Domus were not only architects and designers but also members of the wider public who were interested in the arts. The assumption was that any cultured individual would wish to be equally well informed about all forms of creative expression.

Discover The Making of Modern Italy, on show until 7 April https://buff.ly/2DVVaPo

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