30.03.2015
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Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

Address:

39a Canonbury Square, Islington, N1 2AN

Phone:

020-7704 9522

Website:

www.estorickcollection.com

Opening times:

Wed–Sat 11:00–18:00, Sun 12:00–17:00

How to get there:

Tube: Highbury and Islington

Entry fee:

Admission charge

Additional information:

Disabled access to galleries 1–4 only, café and shop

The Estorick Collection, which opened in 1998, is the best collection of Futurist art outside Italy. It was formed by the American-born sociologist and writer Eric Estorick and his wife Salome Dessau (d. 1989), who married in 1947 and began to collect Futurist works on their honeymoon in Switzerland and on their return to England via Milan. Further trips to Italy in the 50s shaped the collection, which they began to exhibit from 1954, including a show at the Tate Gallery in 1956. By this time Estorick had become an art dealer, and in 1960 founded the Grosvenor Gallery. Before his death in 1993 he set up the Eric and Salome Estorick Foundation, to which the Estorick collection of Italian works was donated, and in 1994 the Georgian house at 39a Canonbury Square was purchased for their display. Futurism, which embraced the modern world and new technology and which called for a cultural rejuvenation of Italy, was launched in 1909 when Filippo Marinetti published its manifesto in Le Figaro. The Foundation has an excellent collection of works by Futurism’s early pioneers, a group of artists in Milan which included Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carrà, Luigi Russolo, Giacomo Balla and Gino Severini. Their subjects were urban and frequently political, emphasising the rapidity of change in modern life by their focus on the dynamism, speed and power of machines. The collection also contains works by other well-known Italian modern artists, mainly figurative art and sculpture dating from 1890–1950, including a series of drawings by Modigliani, his portrait of Dr François Brabander, and early works by de Chirico.

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