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

17 Apr 2019 – 23 Jun 2019

Event times

Wednesday to Saturday
11.00 - 18.00
Sunday 12.00 - 17.00
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Easter Sunday.

Cost of entry

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

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

London, United Kingdom


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  • Highbury & Islington

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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

Exhibiting artists

Antonio Sanfilippo

Domenico Gnoli

Tomaso Binga

Piero Dorazio

Carla Accardi

Giuseppe Capogrossi

Giacomo Balla

Alberto Burri

Enrico Prampolini


Giacomo Manzù

Alberto Savinio

Medardo Rosso

Alighiero Boetti


Mario Schifano

Emilio Isgrò

Grazia Varisco

Roberto Crippa

Cagnaccio di San Pietro

Bice Lazzari

Fausto Melotti

Mario Radice

Piero Manzoni

Adolfo Wildt

Atanasio Soldati

Jannis Kounellis

Pino Pascali

Giulio Paolini

Fortunato Depero

Manlio Rho

Mirella Bentivoglio

Vincenzo Agnetti

Felice Casorati

Tano Festa

Giuseppe Uncini

Afro Basaldella

Maria Lai


Fabio Mauri

Achille Perilli

Gino Severini

Gianfranco Baruchello

Giovanni Anselmo

Pietro Consagra

Umberto Boccioni

Renato Guttuso

Carol Rama

Giorgio de Chirico

Bruno Munari

Enrico Castellani

Marino Marini

Lucio Fontana

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