Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

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39A Canonbury Square, London, United Kingdom
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art - ESTORICK COLLECTION Part of the Estoricks' collection
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art - ESTORICK COLLECTION Part of the Estoricks' collection
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art - ESTORICK COLLECTION a ground floor gallery
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art - ESTORICK COLLECTION Café
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art - ESTORICK COLLECTION an upstairs gallery
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art - ESTORICK COLLECTION viewed from Canonbury Square
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art - ESTORICK COLLECTION Detail of a painting by Luigi Russolo

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art London Reviews

AdamR3723 AdamR3723
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Estorick, but not too esoteric Mar 23, 2017
This place contains a wonderful collection of artworks created by Italian artists in the early to mid-twentieth century. It is a must for those interested in this body of work, but of little interest if Italian twentieth century art means little to you. Of course, if you are undecided about it, the collection provides a superb opportunity to help you decide.

Eric Estorick (1913-1993) met and married his wife Salome (née Dessau) in 1947. During their honeymoon in Switzerland, Estorick discovered a book by the Italian futurist Boccioni, and this helped to trigger his fascination with modern Italian art. Eventually, they settled in London.

He began collecting art just after WW2, when he was already a dealer. He and his wife settled in London, where they founded the still extant Grosvenor Gallery.

The Estoricks, whilst carrying on their business of art dealing, collected the works works of twentieth century Italian artists, and this became the collection, some of which is on display at the the gallery/museum in Canonbury.

Northumberland Lodge, where the Estorick Collection has been housed since 1998, is an elegant Georgian building facing Canonbury Square. It was once the home of Sir Basil Spence (1907-1976), the architect of Coventry Cathedral, and the less successful (in terms of aesthetics) Hyde Park Barracks.

There are two galleries on the ground floor. These are dedicated to temporary exhibitions, often containing artworks not in the Estorick Collection. There is also a café and a gift/book shop on the ground floor.

Steepish steps lead up to the first and second floors where works from the Estoricks' collection may be viewed. And, these paintings, prints, and sculptures are very fine. As the website explains, the Estorick Collection: "...brings together some of the finest and most important works created by Italian artists during the first half of the twentieth century, and is Britain’s only museum devoted to modern Italian art." This is no exaggeration.

This place is a must for lovers of twentieth century 'modern art'. While the Estorick is more esoteric than, say, the Tate Modern, its collection though small certainly rivals it in qualiity.
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Airpunk says:
That's so great about London - there are so many excellent places which are unheard of by most of the public. Thanksfor sharing with us, Adam!
Posted on: Mar 23, 2017
vances says:
Hey, I thought you just said it was not esoteric!

:^)
Posted on: Mar 22, 2017
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