Since the early 1990s, Milanese lawyer Giuseppe Iannaccone has put together one of the most outstanding private collections of Italian art from the inter-war years.

This remarkable collection contains work by many of the most significant artists who belonged to influential schools and tendencies, such as Scuola di Via Cavour, Sei di Torino and Corrente. These groups arose out of shared affinities and common approaches to painting, rather than as structured movements, and revealed a preference for styles and themes that were far removed from the overbearing monumental iconography of Fascist art. In addition to works by Luigi Broggini, Renato Guttuso, Carlo Levi, Mario Mafai, Aligi Sassu, Scipione and Emilio Vedova, the collection includes major pieces by Filippo de Pisis, Fausto Pirandello, Ottone Rosai and a rare figurative sculpture by Lucio Fontana.

Presenting a large number of iconic works, this exhibition explores a crucial phase of Italian art history little-known outside its native country. It testifies not just to one man’s passion for a period that continues to fascinate him, but to the determination of a number of significant painters to reassert their values of humanity and poetry in the face of totalitarianism, and artistic/political conformity.

Special display
Artist in focus | Gallery 4
Woman + Landscape Umberto Boccioni, 1907-1912
21 November 2018 - 20 January 2019

As part of the celebrations for the Estorick Collection's 20th anniversary, we are delighted to announce a new special display which includes two masterpieces on loan from the collection of major Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo, this selection of works by Boccioni explores the evolution of his art over the course of his career. The loans will be complemented by paintings and drawings from the Estorick’s permanent collection, reflecting his mastery of the Divisionist technique, his encounter with Futurist ideas and the impact of the Cubist aesthetic.

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13 November 2018

18:00 - 20:30

Futura Poesia - Performance by Reverie

Continuing the celebrations for the museum's 20th anniversary, the Estorick Collection presents “Futura Poesia”, a new site-specific performance realised by Italian artist Reverie.

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Fausto Pirandello, Father and Son (Youth), c. 1934
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