INTESA SANPAOLO TO LOAN MAJOR WORKS
TO ESTORICK COLLECTION, LONDON
Umberto Boccioni’s Tre donne (Three Women) and Officine a Porta Romana (Factories at Porta Romana), to offer insight into influence of Futurism and Cubism on artist’s work
London, 14 November 2018 – From 20 November to 20 January 2019, the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, based in London, is to house two paintings by Umberto Boccioni from the Intesa Sanpaolo art collection, usually on permanent display at the Gallerie d’Italia, in Milan: Tre donne (Three Women) and Officine a Porta Romana (Factories at Porta Romana).
The two seminal paintings by Boccioni will create an interplay with the works on display in the permanent exhibition of the Estorick Collection, providing a look into the artist’s Divisionism period, his experience with Futurism, and the impact of Cubist aesthetics on his work.
Intesa Sanpaolo is internationally recognised for its intrinsic links to Italian culture and heritage, as well as for their collection and their cultural programme – the Progetto Cultura. Core to the Progetto Cultura is the extensive art collection, which includes historic Italian artefacts, paintings, sculpture, Russian icons, American modernist works and more, housed at the Gallerie d’Italia museums in Naples, Vicenza and Milan.
Intesa Sanpaolo’s commitment to promoting Italian culture and artistic talent abroad has led to partnerships with institutions around the world, from the Metropolitan Museum to the State Hermitage Museum. This new collaboration in London underlines the Estorick Collection’s longstanding work to further understanding of Italian art to the British public.
The loan of the two paintings forms part of Intesa Sanpaolo’s ‘Progetto Cultura’. The three-year programme of initiatives will be described by Michele Coppola, the Director of Art, Culture and Historical Heritage of Intesa Sanpaolo, on 14th November at an event on art and commerce at the Italian Embassy in London.
The two loaned works represent Boccioni adopting a closer approach to Futurism in his work. The impressive oil painting depicting the Three Women (1909-1910) was exhibited by Boccioni at Milan’s “Permanente” institution in 1910, and portrays his mother and sister. The third figure has been identified as Ines, a friend of the artist, who was Boccioni’s subject for other portaits as well. This work, which in certain respects is in keeping with a Divsionist style, reveals a dual register that is seen in Boccioni’s portaiture after he signed the Manifesto of the Futurist Painters.
Factories at Porta Romana is a landmark piece of Boccioni’s oeuvre, and is symbolic of one of the most interesting stages in the analysis of technical divisionism, thanks to which Boccioni would go on to develop the dynamic trajectories of gesture. In the work, Boccioni depicts a society in full developmental swing, in an increasingly fast-paced and dynamic urban setting.
Copy outlining Estorick works it will hand alongside – and what comparison shows / uniting works for first time since the artist’s death?
Michele Coppola, Head of the Art, Culture and Historical Heritage Department of Intesa Sanpaolo, said: “With Progetto Cultura, and with our exceptional art collections and the Gallerie d’Italia in Milan, Naples and Vicenza, Intesa Sanpaolo modernises a philanthropic tradition of Italian banks that stems from the Renaissance period, injecting it with an international dimension with relations formed with cultural institutions from all over the world. This artistic and cultural commitment is structural and second nature to our Bank. We are also an international player in reponsibly and fervently promoting Italy’s artistic beauty, identity and value. The partnership with the renowned Estorick Collection in London is irrefutable proof of this, and allows for a great master of Italian twentieth-century art to be appreciated, thanks to his masterpieces housed in the two collections.”
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