The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London, is launched its first crowd funding appeal to restore a Futurist masterpiece from the Collection, Carlo Carràs Leaving the Theatre. The appeal which hopes to raise £3,000 launched at www.nationalfundingscheme.org
, 10 December 2014.
Carlo Carràs Leaving the Theatre of 1910 is a key painting from the Estoricks internationally renowned permanent collection of some 120 works of significant modern Italian art. Since opening in 1998, the Estorick has established a reputation as a key venue for bringing Italian art to the British public through collection displays and temporary exhibitions in the six galleries of its Islington building.
Roberta Cremoncini, Director of the Estorick Collection said: This is our first foray in to crowd funding and we hope our supporters and those people who love modern Italian art will help us raise the funds we need to preserve this important and much loved painting. A work of early Futurism, it is one of the most popular works in the Collection and is painted in the style typical of the movements initial phase. In it, Carrà really captures the dynamism of modern city life in shimmering dashes of paint that create a vivid sense of animation and flux.
Leaving the Theatre requires urgent restoration; inadequate tensioning on the stretcher is causing the canvas to sag and become distorted. Conservation will be carried out by Ezio Buzzegoli, a specialist in his field who has worked on the restoration of Michelangelos Doni Tondo in Florence.
Leaving the Theatre was displayed in the famous 1912 Futurist exhibition at the Bernheim-Jeune Gallery, Paris, being purchased by the banker Max Rothschild when the show travelled to Londons Sackville Gallery later that year. It passed into the Estorick Collection in late 1958. Over the years it has featured in many other landmark exhibitions, such as Futurismo & Futurismi (Venice: Palazzo Grassi, 1986), Italian Art in the 20th Century: Painting and Sculpture 1900-1988 (London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1989), Futurism (London: Tate Modern, 2009) and, most recently, Italian Futurism 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe (New York: Guggenheim Museum, 2014).