Alberto Burri: Form and Matter

  • Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art |
  • 13 January – 7 April 2012

Despite Alberto Burri's international importance, this exhibition is the first major retrospective of his work to be held in the United Kingdom.

Alberto Burri (1915-1995) revolutionised the artistic vocabulary of the post-war art world. During the 1950s his celebration of humble materials such as sacking and tar created a new aesthetic, rich in expressive power, that was later to prove decisive for artists associated with the Arte Povera movement. Drawing on a number of important public and private collections in Italy and the United Kingdom, including Tate Modern and the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome, this exhibition reveals Burri's extraordinary ability to conjure poetry " and a powerful sense of monumentality " from the simplest and roughest of materials.

Venue & entry details

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

Entry details

Standard admission £5, concessions £3.50

Wed – Sat, 11am – 6pm

Sun, 12 noon – 5pm

Closed Mon – Tue