Friday 9 June | 11.30am
Discover the work of Giacomo Balla (1871-1958), one of the undisputed masters of modern Italian art who embraced fashion and textiles in his work, at this free* talk to coincide with a major new exhibition on the artist at the Estorick Collection.
Following last year’s retrospective exhibition on the fashion house Missoni and its relationship with modern art, the Fashion and Textile Museum is delighted to welcome Roberta Cremoncini, Director of the Estorick Collection, to explore artist Giacomo Balla in more detail. The talk encompasses the latest research for the exhibition Giacomo Balla: Designing the Future at the Estorick Collection this summer (5 April – 25 June 2017). Balla was one of the five signatories of Futurism’s initial painting manifestos of 1910 and a pioneering figure of European Modernism. The talk and exhibition highlights over 100 works by Balla from the Biagiotti Cigna Collection – one of the largest collections of Balla’s works in the world. Assembled by the renowned Italian fashion designer Laura Biagiotti and her husband Gianni Cigna, the full collection of over 200 works represents the artist’s entire oeuvre. It encompasses figurative painting and drawing, as well as abstraction and applied art and many of Balla’s fashion-related designs, including items of Futurist furniture and clothing.
Roberta Cremoncini is Director of the Estorick Collection
*Free talk with exhibition entry
Limited places and advance booking is recommended.
Exhibition tickets: £9.90 adults* / £7.70 concessions* / £6 students
*Includes 10% gift aid.
Images: Giacomo Balla, Waistcoat futurist,1924–25, Courtesy: The Biagiotti Cigna Collection
Giacomo Balla, Lines of Force of an Enamelled Landscape, 1917-18 Courtesy: The Biagiotti Cigna Collection