Montage of logo and four images from the spring exhibition

Special Event at the Estorick Collection

of Modern Italian Art

The Islington Art Society was kindly invited to the Estorick Gallery for an 'Introduction to Archipenko and the Italian Avant Garde' on Wednesday 24 August. We were lucky enough to have an introductory talk and Q & A by Estorick Collection's Assistant Curator Christopher Adams.

He took us through how Archipenko’s sculpture was influenced in early 20th century Paris by Cubism, which he developed into three-dimensional work including circles and geometric shapes. Artists in the Futurist movement were greatly influenced by Archipenko’s sculpture, and some went on to incorporate these ideas in their work during and after the First World War. 

Christopher Adams's talk

Archipenko’s works are on show here until 04 September and are showcased alongside works by members of the avant-garde including Carlos Carra, Giorgio de Chirico, Amedeo Modigliani, Enrico Prampolini, Mino Rosso, Gino Severini, Mario Sironi, Thayaht (Ernesto Michahelles) and Ardengo Soffici. ‘Archipenko and the Italian Avant Garde’ is a glorious exhibition which impressed us all. Come and see it before it closes.

About 45 members of our art society attended the Archipenko Exhibition. We were allowed to visit the other galleries as well, hosting the permanent Estorick collection as well as a separate exhibition of photographs by Andrew Green: ‘Rural Italian Towns and Villages + the Spaces in Between’. This evening was also a good excuse for us to meet in person and chat, something we haven’t been able to do for many months.

Thank you very much to the Estorick Gallery for inviting us to come and experience the exhibition as a group yesterday evening. Thank you to Virginia Jackson, whose connections with the Estorick have enabled IAS to enjoy many special events at the Estorick. Thank you very much to our chair Ann Kozlowski-Hunt and to our secretary Helen Fuggle and other members of the IAS for helping to organise this very successful evening at the Estorick. (Text by Franc David.)

IAS Members and friends in the Gallery
IAS Members and friends in the Gallery