Giacomo Manzù: Sculptor and Draughtsman

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

15 January – 3 April 2016

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Fifty works by one of the greats of 20th century sculpture.

Giacomo Manzu, Bust of a Woman, 1952

Aside from a few evening classes, Giacomo Manzù was completely self-taught. He first started working with wood during his military service in the late 1920s, and within a decade his sculpture was being exhibited to widespread public acclaim.

During his career Manzù produced many notable works, including a series of bronze bas-reliefs about the death of Jesus Christ, portraits of his wife Inge Schabel and her sister Sonja, and the Gate of Death for St Peter's Basilica. His last major commission was a 6m tall public sculpture in New York, which was inaugurated in 1989.

This exhibition focuses on examples of both his sculptural and sketching practice, revealing the similarities between the two.

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