Who's Afraid of Drawing? Works on Paper from the Ramo Collection

17 Apr 2019 – 23 Jun 2019

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

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Adult: £7.50, Concessions £5.50, National Art Pass £3.75. Free entry to under 18s and full-time students with valid NUS card.

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Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

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This exhibition – the first to present a selection of drawings from the Ramo Collection outside Italy – will explore the discipline as more than just a ‘preparatory’ activity, considering it as an art form in its own right.


Milan’s Ramo Collection brings together outstanding works from some of the most important movements in twentieth-century Italian art, including images by Umberto Boccioni, Giorgio de Chirico, Lucio Fontana, Alighiero Boetti, Pino Pascali and many more. Assembled by the late Milanese entrepreneur Giuseppe ‘Pino’ Rabolini, it is the largest private collection of modern and contemporary Italian art on paper, comprising almost 600 works. Who’s Afraid of Drawing? presents around 60 pieces from the collection, which is being shown in the UK for the first time. The exhibition explores drawing as more than just a preparatory activity, considering it as an art form in its own right.

Spanning the years 1900-1981, the show is organized thematically and considers the works in relation to the categories of abstraction, figuration, typographical experimentation and sculpture. It presents imagery created by artists better known for their works on canvas, such as Tancredi, Alberto Burri, Enrico Castellani and Domenico Gnoli, or for sculpture (Adolfo Wildt, Medardo Rosso, Marino Marini and Pietro Consagra). Artists including Manlio Rho, Bruno Munari and Piero Manzoni will be shown alongside works on paper by figures renowned for their Arte Povera installations, such as Mario Merz, Jannis Kounellis and Giovanni Anselmo.

More information concerning the Ramo Collection can be found at www.collezioneramo.it

The exhibition is curated by Irina Zucca Alessandrelli, Ramo Collection.

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Irina Zucca Alessandrelli

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Giacomo Balla

Giuseppe Capogrossi

Piero Dorazio

Roberto Crippa

Gino Severini

Umberto Boccioni

Bice Lazzari

Alberto Savinio

Tano Festa

Emilio Isgrò

Gianfranco Baruchello

Marino Marini


Giacomo Manzù

Lucio Fontana

Adolfo Wildt

Jannis Kounellis


Fortunato Depero

Giorgio de Chirico

Pino Pascali

Grazia Varisco

Pietro Consagra

Fabio Mauri

Vincenzo Agnetti

Felice Casorati

Mirella Bentivoglio

Antonio Sanfilippo

Giuseppe Uncini

Domenico Gnoli

Renato Guttuso


Medardo Rosso

Bruno Munari

Carol Rama

Maria Lai

Cagnaccio di San Pietro

Carla Accardi

Mario Schifano

Giulio Paolini

Piero Manzoni

Atanasio Soldati

Mario Radice

Fausto Melotti

Giovanni Anselmo

Enrico Castellani

Enrico Prampolini

Alighiero Boetti

Tomaso Binga

Achille Perilli

Alberto Burri

Afro Basaldella

Manlio Rho

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