Friday, 23 January 2009

The Estorick Collection

Umberto Boccioni - Unique Forms of Continuity in Space (1913 cast 1972)The Estorick Collection of modern Italian art in London is celebrating the centenary of the Futurist Manifesto with the first ever British exhibition devoted to Umberto Boccioni, the leading light of the Futurist movement, with Unique Forms: The Drawing and Sculpture of Umberto Boccioni. I must admit I can't see much to celebrate, although Boccioni's famous Unique Forms of Continuity in Space (1913 cast 1972) has stood the test of time and remains an interesting, dynamic oddity. Running alongside it is a show by a modern exponent of Futurism: Luca Buvoli: Velocity Zero. For his installation-thingy "sections of the Futurist manifesto are read aloud by people with speech difficulties"! Sounds a bummer. Both shows continue until 19 April (title link).


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