The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
March 19 – May 18, 2014
A display of collages by Pablo Echaurren. These works reflect the artist’s fascination with cartoon imagery, and incorporate fragments taken from the Futurist and Dadaist publications of which Echaurren is an avid collector, constituting a homage to the vitality of the Modernist avant-garde.
Raised on the myth of Dada and Marcel Duchamp, Echaurren encountered the work of the Futurist leader F. T. Marinetti at a time when the movement was still awaiting widespread recognition. He began to collect Futurist books, newspapers and manifestos, assembling what is now considered to be one of the most comprehensive collections of its kind – and one which directly feeds into the collages on display at the Estorick Collection. Dating from 1995 to 2012, these works are constructed from fragments of newspaper cuttings and pages from Futurist publications, juxtaposing elements from both high and popular culture, including figures from the historical avant-garde, cartoon characters and punk musicians. Reflecting the irreverent, iconoclastic face of this bibliophile, they pay homage to the vitality of the Modernist avant-garde, while simultaneously reimagining one of its most emblematic genres.
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