To mark its 25th anniversary, the Estorick Collection is proud to present a major exhibition of works by Giorgio Morandi. For the first time, the entire collection of 50 paintings and works on paper by the artist belonging to Italy’s Magnani-Rocca Foundation will be on show in the UK.

Best known for his enigmatic still lifes, Morandi is today widely recognised as one of the most significant figures of modern Italian art – and certainly one of the most beloved. Often considered to have been something of a recluse, he was in fact at the centre of contemporary artistic debate and actively engaged with many of the most important national trends and movements of his day, from Futurism to Metaphysical Art. His distinctive mature style is renowned for its masterful treatment of light, exquisite tonal subtleties and exploration of the boundary between abstract and figurative imagery.

Luigi Magnani (1906-1984) was one of Morandi’s most prominent patrons and a close personal friend. Having first seen his work in 1939, he was introduced to the artist the following year by the critic Cesare Brandi. The first pieces acquired by Magnani were three etchings given to him by the artist shortly after their first meeting. Over the following 20 years he went on to acquire works spanning Morandi’s entire career.

This unique and highly personal collection features a number of extremely rare works, including a self portrait, a Metaphysical composition and the only painting Morandi was ever commissioned to create. Several drawings and watercolours – masterpieces of concision – will also be on display, in addition to a large number of the artist’s etchings.

Opening Times
Monday and Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 11.00 – 18.00
Thursday: 11.00 – 20.00
Friday: 11.00 – 18.00
Saturday: 11.00 – 18.00
Sunday: 12.00 – 17.00

Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.

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Giorgio Morandi: Masterpieces from the Magnani-Rocca Foundation - Set of 5 Postcards

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Still Life, 1936 Greetings Card

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6 January 2023 - 28 May 2023

Late Thursdays

Every Thursday during the exhibition Giorgio Morandi: Masterpieces from the Magnani-Rocca Foundation the Estorick Collection and Caffè Estorick will be open until 20.00.

16 May 2023

18:00 - 20:00

You looking at Morandi, Morandi looking back at you

Discover the intimate and subtle world of legendary Italian painter Giorgio Morandi with an after-hours exclusive tour led by artist Humphrey Ocean RA.

19 May 2023

18:00 - 20:00

Art & Wine at the Estorick Collection

Join us for a night of art & wine tasting at the Estorick Collection. After an introduction to the exhibition Giorgio Morandi: Masterpieces from the Magnani-Rocca Foundation you will have the opportunity to taste and sample five amongst the finest wines produced between Western Friuli and Eastern Veneto.


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