Taken with my mobile phone’s camera – they didn’t sell a postcard of it at the Estorick Collection, to where I ambled for lunch yesterday.
The collection is very manageable and well chosen (with a nice cafe); I didn’t come out with a sense of cultural indigestion! It’s dedicated to C20th Italian art, particularly the Futurists, a group of early C20th artists and writers who gloried in the great industrial technologies that were transforming European landscapes and lives at the time: electricity, cars, machines, speed etc. Their founder, the poet Filippo Marinetti, wished to do away with the old – including museums and galleries, ironically! Little did he realise that his vision would become so devastatingly realised with the First and Second World Wars.
I liked this sculpture, by Emilio Greco. Its simple classicism stood out for me from the Cubist-inspired Futurist paintings, with all their technicolour, ‘divisionist’ shards of mechanised movement. She seems so vulnerable, crouching, protecting herself – as if from C20th onslaughts – with slight hands and fingers splayed like growing twigs.