The Enchanted Room: Modern Works from the Pinacoteca di Brera

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

24 January – 8 April 2018

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The Estorick Collection opens its 20th anniversary year with a major exhibition of works from Milan’s Pinacoteca di Brera collection.

Carlo Carrà, The Metaphysical Muse, 1917

Milan’s Pinacoteca di Brera is one of the most important collections of modern Italian art in the world. Comprising paintings and sculptures donated to the museum by Emilio and Maria Jesi, it includes iconic images by Umberto Boccioni, Gino Severini and Mario Sironi, a collection of metaphysical paintings by Carlo Carrà and important works by Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi and Filippo De Pisis.

This exhibition brings together highlights from the collection including Boccioni’s Divisionist Self Portrait (1908), and Carrà’s The Metaphysical Muse (1917), in which a looming, faceless mannequin generates the claustrophobic and unsettling atmosphere typical of 'Pittura metafisica' (metaphysical art).

Also featured is Amedeo Modigliani’s Portrait of the Painter Moïse Kisling (1915), Severini’s Futurist tribute to the Paris Métro, Le Nord-Sud (1912) and Ardengo Soffici’s Cubo-Futurist collage Watermelon and Liqueurs (1914). Viewers can also appreciate a number of Sironi’s sombre cityscapes and a selection of still lifes by Morandi.

This is first time a major part of the Jesi collection has been shown outside of Italy. It is displayed alongside a rehang of the Estorick’s own permanent collection, allowing audiences a glimpse into the minds of two different but equally exceptional collectors of Modern Italian art.

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