In autumn 2021, the Estorick’s entire collection of modern Italian art was on show throughout the museum’s six galleries. Internationally renowned, and rarely seen in full, it was formed by Eric and Salome Estorick in the immediate post-war period, and comprises some 120 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures by many of the most prominent Italian artists of the modernist era, including Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Giorgio de Chirico, Amedeo Modigliani, Giorgio Morandi and Gino Severini.

Grouped thematically, and spotlighting movements such as Futurism and Metaphysical Art, the display also featured works by major sculptors such as Marino Marini and Giacomo Manzù, and imagery by those painters to whom the Estoricks were particularly close: Massimo Campigli, Renato Guttuso and Zoran Music. Other artists, including Modigliani and Mario Sironi, were also the subjects of focused displays. Additionally, Estorick Collection Uncut featured a selection of striking volumes from the museum’s library, including a number of rare Futurist manifestos and journals.

The exhibition represented an unmissable opportunity to explore what has been described as “one of the finest collections of early twentieth-century Italian art anywhere in the world”.

The top two galleries were devoted to works by Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964), and new responses to these by British artist Paul Coldwell (b.1952) in a new display, A Still Life: Paul Coldwell in Dialogue with Giorgio Morandi.

Giacomo Balla, Speeding Automobile, 1913
Giacomo Balla, Speeding Automobile, 1913
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