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Modigliani - A Unique Artistic Voice at the Estorick Collection

15 April – 28 June 2015 Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London ]

What I am seeking is not the real and not the unreal but rather the unconscious, the mystery of the instinctive in the human race. Amedeo Modigliani One of the superstars of twentieth-century art, Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) is the best known and most loved of all modern Italian painters. Working at the epicentre of avant-garde experimentation in Paris between 1906 and 1920, he developed an artistic vision that was entirely his own. This new exhibition is the first to be devoted to the artist at the Estorick Collection and focuses on Modigliani’s works on paper, showing the spiritual and stylistic development of his portrayal of the human face and form. Modigliani – A Unique Artistic Voice is on view at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art from 15 April until 28 June 2015.

The show comprises some 30 drawings, including many from the collection of Modigliani’s close friend Paul Alexandre, who was also his only patron in the early years, along with other works on paper and paintings from private collections, including that of Eric Estorick. Among these works in crayon, ink and watercolour is the closest known study to Modigliani’s major painting L’Amazone of 1909. His obsessive search for an essential truth and character in his subjects is demonstrated in the successive studies for the painting.

Modigliani drew numerous caryatid figures whose faces are often those of anonymous, androgynous beings. Unusually his Kneeling Caryatid, drawn with blue crayon, shows a human face – most probably a portrait of the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, who played a crucial role in his art. For Modigliani, she personified the ancient Egyptian goddesses and dancing princesses they saw together in the Louvre during their brief but intense time together. In her memoir, Akhmatova noted: ‘I thought even then that he clearly saw the world through different eyes to ours’.

This show leads the viewer along Modigliani’s unique artistic path toward his realisation of a humanistic vision of timeless beauty. Visible are the influences of Cycladic, Etruscan, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, African, Asian, Buddhist and early Italian Renaissance art, the underlying universal messages of which Modigliani absorbed into his own imagery. Taking those elements that accorded with his own character and vision, he forged a singular style that side-stepped Fauvism, Cubism and the many other artistic movements of the day.

About Modigliani
Amedeo Clemente Modigliani (1884-1920) was born in Livorno, and began his artistic studies in Italy before moving to Paris in 1906. Influenced by a range of genres and art movements, and by primitive art, his oeuvre was nonetheless unique and idiosyncratic. He died aged 35 in Paris.

About the Estorick Collection
The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art is internationally renowned for its core of Futurist works. It comprises some 120 paintings, drawings, watercolours, prints and sculptures by many of the most prominent Italian artists of the Modernist era. There are six galleries, two of which are used for temporary exhibitions. Since opening in 1998, the Estorick has established a reputation and gained critical acclaim as a key venue for bringing Italian art to the British public.

Listings information
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 39a Canonbury Square, London N1 2AN
T: +44 (0)20 7704 9522 www.estorickcollection.com Twitter: @Estorick

Opening Hours:
Wednesdays – Saturdays 11.00-18.00, Sundays 12.00-17.00, closed Mondays & Tuesdays
Admission: £5, Concs £3.50. Includes entry to exhibition and permanent collection.
Transport: Victoria Line, Overground and First Capital Connect to Highbury & Islington.
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Presentation of the reopening of the Accademia Carrara

[ Wednesday 4th March 2015, Italian Cultural Institute at 12:00 p.m. ]

The Accademia Carrara is the most important Italian museum entirely composed of bequests of private collectors. It was established in 1796 on the initiative of Giacomo Carrara, who made his collection available to the public in a specially converted building alongside a School of Art. Donations were subsequently added to this initial collection by Guglielmo Lochis, Giovanni Morelli and Federico Zeri.

Over the years a constellation of more than two hundred bequests have been introduced to the largest collections that have gradually enriched the Carrara heritage, extending its chronological period and tendencies.

Its nearly two thousand paintings form one of Europe’s most distinguished and valued art galleries.

Closed for renovation in 2008, Carrara will reopen to the public on April 23, 2015, with a new layout and new services for the public.

Roman Ostia: Ancient Ruins, Modern Art
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London

[ 24 September - 21 December 2014 ]

Roman Ostia: Ancient Ruins, Modern Art brings together marbles, mosaics and antiquities from the archaeological site of Ostia near Rome, many of which have never been seen in the UK, with the work of two modern Italian artists, Umberto Mastroianni and Ettore de Conciliis. Spanning classical statuary, abstract sculpture, and painting, the show reflects on the enduring nature of human creativity, and its constantly changing character. The exhibition runs from 24 September to 21 December 2014 at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London.

The ancient statuary of Ostia portrays gods, emperors and scenes such as chariot races at the Roman Circus. A full length marble statue from the 3rd century AD shows Hercules standing heroically with his club; intricate mosaics and wall paintings from nearby Isola Sacra, Ostia's cemetery, are among the finest examples from the site. These Roman antiquities reflect the taste and culture of Ostia's inhabitants; objects that surrounded them in life and death.

Forming a backdrop to these works of classical statuary and mosaic are number of specially commissioned paintings by Ettore de Conciliis (b. 1941). Monumental in scale, the paintings have been inspired by Ostia and depict the atmospheric play of light across the site’s ruins and along the river Tiber.

Accompanying these are paintings and sculptures by Umberto Mastroianni (1910-1998), one of the most important figures in 20th century Italian sculpture. Mastroianni is best known today for his monumental works commemorating the Resistance, in which he fought. In 1958 he was awarded the prize for sculpture at the Venice Biennale. With their abstract character and dynamic, even explosive qualities, Mastroianni’s three-dimensional compositions almost appear as archaeological fragments themselves, recalling great gears and mechanical components which, once active and powerful, now appear frozen and without function.

About Ostia
The ancient harbour city of Ostia was an essential link to the capital of the Roman Empire. At the mouth of the river Tiber, 25 km southwest of Rome, the city was a commercial hub and a melting pot of many cultures, equipped with a theatre, baths, bakeries, warehouses, bars and shops. Cicero states that the settlement was founded in the 7th century BC by the legendary king Ancus Marcius. The earliest archaeological remains date to the 4th century BC, and include a military fort and city walls. By the 2nd century BC Ostia had developed into a trade centre and after intense construction during the 1st century AD it was transformed into a city of fire-baked brick.

Organised in collaboration with Soprintendenza Speciale per I Beni Archeologici di Roma and Il Cigno GG Edizioni.

About the Estorick Collection
The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art is internationally renowned for its core of Futurist works. It comprises some 120 paintings, drawings, watercolours, prints and sculptures by many of the most prominent Italian artists of the Modernist era. There are six galleries, two of which are used for temporary exhibitions. Since opening in 1998, the Estorick has established a reputation and gained critical acclaim as a key venue for bringing Italian art to the British public.

Listings information
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 39a Canonbury Square, London N1 2AN T: +44 (0)20 7704 9522 http://www.estorickcollection.com/ Twitter: @Estorick

Roman Ostia: Ancient Ruins, Modern Art
Exhibition open: 24 September - 21 December 2014
Opening Hours:
Wednesdays – Saturdays 11.00-18.00, Sundays 12.00-17.00, closed Mondays & Tuesdays Admission: £5, Concs £3.50. Includes entry to exhibition and permanent collection. Transport: Victoria Line, Overground and First Capital Connect to Highbury & Islington.

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Giorgio de Chirico: Myth and Mystery
A rare exhibition of Metaphysical sculpture

[ 15 January to 19 April 2014 ]

The exhibition Giorgio de Chirico: Myth and Mystery, on view at London’s Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art from 15 January to 19 April 2014, will be a wonderful opportunity to explore the enigmatic world of Giorgio de Chirico. Organised with Bologna’s Galleria d’Arte Maggiore, with whom the Estorick recently collaborated on the successful exhibition of etchings by Giorgio Morandi, it will feature some twenty rarely-seen sculptural works as well as a selection of drawings and paintings on related themes by the father of Pittura metafisica.

The works on display include a bronze re-working of the mannequin-like figures from de Chirico’s famous painting of 1917 entitled The Disquieting Muses, faithfully replicating the self-contained forms of the original. Indeed, all of the sculptures approximate the stylistic qualities of the pictorial imagery upon which they are based, as in the rougher, looser handling characteristic of works such as The Archaeologists. This piece relates to de Chirico’s work of the 1920s, when his figures were no longer only surrounded by architectural elements, but also became fused with them. It reproduces the more fluid modelling and atmospheric brushwork typical of this later phase of the artist’s career that can also be seen in works on paper such as Fight of Horsemen and Infantrymen.

Focusing on an aspect of de Chirico’s oeuvre that will be unfamiliar to many, this exhibition will expand visitors’ appreciation of a great artist – one of the few undisputed geniuses of 20th century European culture – and will vividly evoke that sense of magic and surprise that de Chirico himself associated with sculpture and statuary.

Title: Giorgio de Chirico: Myth and Mystery

Dates: 15 January to 19 April 2014

Location: Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 39a Canonbury Square, London N1 2AN Tel. +44 (0)20 7704 9522, www.estorickcollection.com

Opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday 11.00 to 18.00 hours. Sunday 12.00 to 17.00 hours
Late-night opening the first Thursday of the month until 21.00 hours
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Admission: £5.00, concessions £3.50, National Art Pass holders £2.50, includes permanent collection and temporary exhibitions
Free to under-16s and students on production of a valid NUS card
Library, by appointment only, £2.50 per visit

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Gold: Status and Glory
Masterpieces from the Middle Ages and Today
A collaboration between Adrian Sassoon and Moretti Fine Art

[ 2 to 31 May 2013 ]

The timeless allure of gold will be celebrated in an exceptional exhibition entitled Gold: Status and Glory and is the result of a collaboration between two dealers, Adrian Sassoon and Moretti Fine Art. It will be staged at Moretti Fine Art, 2a-6 Ryder Street, St. James’s, London SW1, from 2 to 31 May 2013. Fabrizio Moretti explained: “As a gallery specialising in Italian Old Masters, we are constantly confronted with the magnificence of gold. This exhibition is an opportunity to examine this highly prized material in the contexts of decoration, devotion and drama.” Gold: Status and Glory will present fifteen exquisite objects by the contemporary Italian goldsmith Giovanni Corvaja in the context of 14th and 15th century Italian gold-ground devotional paintings.

Giovanni Corvaja has been fascinated and inspired by metals, especially gold, since early childhood. His jewellery is represented in some of the most famous public collections in the world not only as jewellery for adornment but also, as the respected British jewellery specialist and author Geoffrey Munn OBE says in his catalogue essay for the exhibition, “as examples of miraculous contemporary craftsmanship and art”. Munn continues “Ductile, malleable and incorruptible gold holds a deep fascination for Corvaja. However, the miraculous qualities of the metal, especially its unique beauty, can only be revealed by the experience and skill of the goldsmith. Although Giovanni Corvaja follows a very ancient tradition in his workshop in Todi in Italy, he has developed skills and techniques that have broken all previous bounds. Central to these is the ability to draw the precious yellow metal into threads hardly thicker than a spider’s silk.” Continue reading

Barocci: Brilliance and Grace
Supported by: The Joseph F McCrindle Foundation

[ (27 February - 19 May 2013) ]

This Spring, the National Gallery presents the first major monographic exhibition, dedicated to the art of Federico Barocci (1535-1612). The display assembles the majority of Barocci’s greatest altarpieces and paintings, together with sequences of dazzling preparatory drawings, allowing visitors to understand how each picture evolved. Barocci: Brilliance and Grace showcases the remarkable fertility of Barocci’s imagination and the diversity of his working methods.

Highlights of the exhibition include Barocci’s most spectacular altarpiece, The Entombment of Christ from the Marchigian seaside town of Senigallia and Last Supper painted for Urbino Cathedral, neither work ever having left Italy before. Two other splendid late altarpieces for Roman churches, the Visitation from the Chiesa Nuova and the Institution of the Eucharist from Santa Maria sopra Minerva, will also be displayed. In addition, the exhibition will also include Barocci’s finest portraits, smaller devotional paintings, his only secular narrative (Aeneas Flight from Troy), and more than 65 preparatory drawings, pastel studies and oil sketches – the latter techniques pioneered by the ever experimental Barocci long before they became standard artistic practice.

Born in the Marchigian town of Urbino, Federico Barocci was one of the most talented and innovative artists of late 16th-century Italy. He flourished in a town that had become one of the great cultural centres of the Renaissance, and had also been the birthplace of his famous predecessor Raphael, by whom he was much influenced. He emerged as a promising young painter and, in the 1550s, moved to Rome for further study.

During a second trip to Rome in the 1560s, Barocci lived and worked with a number of Rome’s leading painters. After participating in a fresco project for Pope Pius IV in the Vatican, he was allegedly poisoned by jealous rivals during a picnic. Suffering severely and in need of recuperation, Barocci returned to Urbino in 1563, where he remained for the rest of his career. When he died in 1612, he was not only among the highest paid painters in Italy, but also one of the most influential.

Barocci: Brilliance and Grace is curated by Carol Plazzotta at the National Gallery. It was first shown in a different form in Saint Louis, where it was curated by Judith W. Mann and Babette Bohn.

Location: National Gallery, Sainsbury Wing
Tickets: 12 £

Bruno Munari: My Futurist Past

[ 19 September – 23 December 2012 ]

The exhibition Bruno Munari: My Futurist Past, on view at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art from 19 September to 23 December 2012, aims to investigate the activity of one of the most complex, creative and multi-faceted figures of Italian 20th century art.

It will analyse Munari’s aesthetic development from his initial Futurist phase (around 1927) to the post-war period (up to 1950) when, as one of the founders of the Movimento Arte Concreta, he became a point of reference for a new generation of Italian artists. It will also illustrate how his pioneering work exerted an influence that stretched far beyond the borders of his native country.

This exhibition takes as its starting point the pictorial and theoretical investigations of the artist and focuses on two aspects: an artistic one, in which the initial but conflicting relationship with Futurism is investigated; and a second one which, through sketches, graphic illustrations and advertisements, investigates Munari’s independent work as a graphic designer for the leading magazines of the day, contributing greatly to the modernisation of Italian culture. It also presents for the first time in the UK the Concave-convex installation, both in the context of the great importance this work had for Munari’s individual development, and its significance as a precursor of the many spatial experiments and installations created over the following years. The exhibition will also be accompanied by outdoor events involving examples of polarised projection on the façade of the museum.

Location: Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 39a Canonbury Square, London N1 2AN

Admission: £5.00, concessions £3.50, free entry for students

‘London From The Rooftops’ Exhibition

[ 01 - 22 August 2012 / theprintspace gallery, 74 Kingsland Road, E2 8DL]

LONDON, UK ‘London from the Rooftops’ is the work of North Londoner, James Burns, who for nearly 10 years has been documenting London’s skyline from the top of the capital’s tallest tower blocks. From the well known landmarks of Central London such as Centre Point and Tower 42, to the lesser known social housing blocks dotted across the city, James’s busy and colourful panoramas are not just pleasing to the eye, they are an aerial tour around the whole of London.

Whether it’s sunrise from Chelsea or sunset from Canary Wharf, these are the views enjoyed daily by the ordinary Londoners who work and live in the city’s high rise buildings. The result of James’s endless pursuit to discover new and unique vantage points is that for the first time ever, these relatively unknown views have all been brought together in a single body of work.

London from the Rooftops’ is a free exhibition of 45 of the best views never exhibited before, which will be of equal interest to Londoners and tourists alike. The London from the Rooftops book will also be available for preview on the opening night and for the duration of the exhibition, however it won’t be available for purchase until later in the year.

The exhibition will run from Wednesday 1st August until Wednesday 22nd August, at theprintspace gallery on 74 Kingsland Road, E2 8DL. The opening night will be on Thursday 2nd August from 7pm-9.30pm and refreshments will be provided! Admission is free.

Artur Vogt
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Metamorphosis: Tiziano 2012

[ 11 July – 23 September 2012 ]

Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 will see a range of contemporary artists – including choreographers, composers, dancers, poets and visual artists – respond to paintings by Renaissance master Titian. Their work will be displayed at the National Gallery and performed at the Royal Opera House by The Royal Ballet. At the heart of this collaboration will be three of the greatest masterpieces by Titian in the United Kingdom – Diana and Actaeon, The Death of Actaeon and Diana and Callisto, which will be shown in the exhibition at The National Gallery. The aim of the project will be to demonstrate how masterpieces by Titian continue to inspire living artists today.

Three British contemporary artists – Chris Ofili, Conrad Shawcross and Mark Wallinger – will create settings for new ballets at The Royal Opera House that will respond to the Titian paintings. Each artist will have a room in the exhibition space to show both preparatory studies for the ballets and new pieces created for the project. Seven choreographers will collaborate with the artists to create an evening of three new works, in response to the Titian paintings, and original music has been commissioned from leading British composers. The performance on 16 July 2012 will also be relayed live on a big screen in Trafalgar Square.

Location: National Gallery, Sainsbury Wing
Tickets: Admission Free

Giuseppe Cavalli: Master of Light

[ 18 April – 17 June 2012, Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art ]

One of the key figures of 20th century Italian photography, Giuseppe Cavalli (1904-1961) is surprisingly little known outside his native country. Reacting against the rhetorical and overblown imagery of the Fascist era, Cavalli’s work was imbued with the intimate poetry of daily life: subtle studies of reclining nudes and everyday objects such as bottles, glasses and candlesticks. Cavalli subscribed to the principle that ‘the subject has no importance at all’ in a work of art – and indeed such elements were essentially vehicles for his true subject: light. This exhibition ‘Giuseppe Cavalli: Master of Light’, from 18 April to 17 June 2012, presents a selection of delicate and timeless images spanning the artist’s brief career, which ended prematurely with his death at the age of fifty-seven.

Alongside some fifty works by Cavalli, the exhibition will display a selection of over twenty stunning images created by his associates including Veronesi and Pietro Donzelli (1915-1998), as well as his pupils Giacomelli and Piergiorgio Branzi (b. 1928), all of which will serve to contextualise his achievement.

‘Giuseppe Cavalli: Master of Light’ offers visitors the opportunity to experience the quietly intense vision of this pioneering artist in the tranquil rooms of the Estorick Collection, and represents the latest in a series of exhibitions showcasing the work of some of the most important Italian photographers of the 20th century.

Location: Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
Opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday 11.00 - 18.00, Sunday 12.00 - 17.00
Admission: £5.00, conc. £3.50, free for pupils and students

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