Special Display | Gallery 4
The Making of Modern Italy
Art and Design in the Early 1960s
30 January - 7 April 2019
During the early Sixties, Italy exploded onto the international stage, shedding its old image as a beautiful land with a glorious past but a lacklustre present. The new Italy was thoroughly modern: its economy was growing at an extraordinary rate thanks to its newfound industrial power, and large sectors of its population were on the move away from rural areas into its expanding cities. Italian architects, designers, filmmakers and artists were fêted, and the world seemed to fall under the spell of Italy. This small display focuses on the country’s new post-war identity, considering the role played by those artists and designers who worked across different disciplines, contributing to the fundamental transformation of Italian culture and its reception abroad.
This display is part of the AHRC-funded research grant project Interdisciplinary Italy: Interart/Intermedia 1900-2020
19 October 2021Umberto Boccioni was born #OnThisDay in 1882. Boccioni is widely acknowledged to have been the most significant visual artist associated with Italian Futurism.
19 October 2021In this work, on view in Estorick Collection Uncut, the slanting horizon tilts our field of vision, conveying the destabilising effects of the icy conditions and shimmering dabs of paint impart a sense of animation. bit.ly/3CiLvil Carlo Carrà, Leaving the Theatre, 1910