Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life

15 Jan 2020 – 13 Sep 2020

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11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 17:00

Cost of entry

Pre-booking is required: https://www.estorickcollection.com/exhibitions/tullio-crali-a-futurist-life

£7.50, Concessions £5.50
National Art Pass £3.75
Free to under 18s and full time students with valid NUS ID card.
Admission to café and shop free.

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Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

London, United Kingdom

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Featuring rarely seen works from the 1920s to the 1980s this exhilarating exhibition includes Crali's iconic aeropaintings, visual poetry, mixed media reliefs and examples of 'cosmic' imagery inspired by advances in space exploration.


For Tullio Crali (1910-2000) Futurism was not just a school of painting, but an attitude to life itself. Reflecting the movement’s enthusiasm for the  modern world, his imagery embraced technology  and the machine as important sources of creative  inspiration. However, with its particular focus on “the immense visual and sensory drama of flight”, Crali’s work is most closely associated with the  genre of ‘aeropainting’, which dominated  Futurist research during the 1930s. 

Crali discovered Futurism when he was just fifteen years old. An immediate convert, he officially joined the movement in 1929 and quickly developed his own distinctive interpretation of its artistic principles. Despite incorporating recognisable details such as clouds, wings and propellers, Crali’s thrilling imagery challenged conventional notions of realism by means of its dynamic perspectives, simultaneous viewpoints and powerful combination of both figurative and abstract elements. 

As a result of his talent, versatility and unshakable commitment to Futurist ideas, Crali swiftly became one of the movement’s key representatives. He continued to be its staunchest advocate during  the post-war era, remaining faithful to Futurism’s aesthetic tenets throughout his life.

This exhibition covers every phase of the artis's career, including iconic aeropaintings, experimental works of visual poetry and mixed-media reliefs, as well as examples of ‘cosmic’ imagery dating from the 1960s, inspired by advances in space exploration. Also featured are a large number of Crali’s famous Sassintesi : enigmatic compositions of stone and rock, ‘sculpted’ by natural forces.

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