This summer the Estorick Collection will present a survey of the myriad approaches to abstraction in Italian art between the 1930s and the early 1980s. The exhibition, on display from 27 June to 9 September 2012, comprises some 65 works, drawn from Liguria’s three principal museums dedicated to contemporary art, which in recent years have increased their holdings through the acquisition of several prestigious private collections.
Genoa’s Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce houses the collection of Maria Cernuschi Ghiringhelli, wife of Virginio (Gino) Ghiringhelli, the painter and owner of the Milanese Il Milione gallery. Cernuschi began to acquire works of both Italian and foreign art during the 1930s and the collection now comprises 233 paintings, sculptures and works on paper, providing an overview of three decades of research into 20th century abstract Italian art.
The exhibition has a two-fold objective: firstly, to present this important artistic heritage to an international audience in order to promote greater awareness and to highlight the ways in which the individual collections complement one another; and secondly, to use this complementary character as a means of tracing a coherent route between the different phases of Italian abstract art.
Dates: from June 27 to September 9.
Location: Estorick Collection of Italian Modern Art. 39a Canonbury Square. London N1 2AN. United Kingdom.
Opening hours: from Wednesday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm. Sundays from 12am to 5pm. Thursdays from 11am to 9pm.
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