Montage of logo and four images from the spring exhibition

Special Event at the Estorick Collection

of Modern Italian Art

Since opening an Islington Art Society exhibition in 2008 Dr Roberta Cremoncini, Director of the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, has generously allowed the IAS the privilege of being able to hold an annual event in the Estorick Collection. On 19 February 2020 the IAS enjoyed a private viewing of the 'Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life' exhibition in the two ground floor galleries as well as the opportunity to look round the permanent collection upstairs.

Tullio Crali (1910-2000) was a pilot and self-taught painter who took up Futurism at a late date for it (1929). His thrilling imagery challenged conventional notions of realism and he was also a tremendous colourist. Featuring rarely seen works from the 1920s to the 1980s this riveting exhibition covered every phase of his career including iconic aeropainting, experimental works of visual poetry and mixed-media reliefs, as well as examples of ‘cosmic’ imagery and a large number of Crali’s famous Sassintesi compositions of stone and rock.

The speaker Christopher Adams, Exhibition Co-curator and Estorick Collection Assistant Curator, explained what Crali’s work meant to him and read some extracts from Crali’s own reflections on his imagery. His invitation for the audience to tell him what they thought about the exhibition stimulated many responses. An amazing final treat was to be shown one of Crali's beautiful its entirety. This ended an exceptional evening highly appreciated by over 40 IAS members and their guests.

Christopher Adam
Christopher Adams' talk - Photograph by Virginia Jackson
Tullio Crali information and Self Portrait
Members and friends
Christopher Adams, IAS Members and friends. Photographs by Amanda Eatwell.