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

17 Apr 2019 – 23 Jun 2019

Regular hours

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

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

Afro Basaldella

Giuseppe Uncini

Roberto Crippa

Lucio Fontana

Maria Lai

Renato Guttuso


Felice Casorati

Cagnaccio di San Pietro

Fabio Mauri

Carol Rama

Achille Perilli

Piero Dorazio

Medardo Rosso

Gianfranco Baruchello

Tano Festa

Tomaso Binga

Pietro Consagra

Mario Radice

Giacomo Manzù

Grazia Varisco

Marino Marini

Antonio Sanfilippo

Mario Schifano

Umberto Boccioni

Carla Accardi

Enrico Prampolini

Alberto Burri

Giuseppe Capogrossi

Bice Lazzari

Bruno Munari

Adolfo Wildt

Alberto Savinio

Giulio Paolini

Domenico Gnoli

Mirella Bentivoglio

Enrico Castellani

Jannis Kounellis

Giacomo Balla


Alighiero Boetti

Emilio Isgrò

Fortunato Depero

Fausto Melotti

Piero Manzoni

Atanasio Soldati

Giovanni Anselmo

Manlio Rho

Vincenzo Agnetti

Giorgio de Chirico


Pino Pascali

Gino Severini

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