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UNITED KINGDOM. Alberto Burri at the Estorick Collection (until the 7th April 2012)
13/03/2012 09:03:18

The Estorick Collection is a lovely museum in North London, with a cosy and warm atmosphere. It is home to a high quality selection of Italian art from the 20th Century: Giorgio De Chirico, Massimo Campigli, Mario Sironi, Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carrà, Ardengo Soffici to name just a few.

Eric Estorick (1913-93) was an American sociologist and writer. He started to develop his interest in Italian art when he came to live in England after the Second World War. He continued later sharing his passion with his wife, Salome Dessau. Their collection took its actual shape during the 50s, when the couple travelled extensively to Italy. The collection became so magnificent that even Tate requested to have it on loan from 1966 to 1975.

The Italian government tried to acquire the collection in the late 70s but the family didn’t accept its offer. Six months before his death, in 1993, Estorick set up the Eric and Salome Estorick Foundation, to which he donated all his Italian works which are now hosted in a beautiful Georgian house at 39a Canonbury Square, Islington, North London.

The Museum currently hosts an interesting exhibition of works by Alberto Burri (until the 7th April 2012), coming from a number of important private and public collections, including Tate and the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome, in his first solo exhibition in the UK since the 60s.

Read more,  www.estorickcollection.com/exhibitions/

Photo courtesy: www.estorickcollection.com

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