Estorick Collection, London

Dr. Vito Merlini, a native of Peccioli in the heart of Tuscany, collected around one thousand works over a period of sixty years, beginning with his first acquisition of etchings and lithographs after the second World War.

A perfect complement to Estorick's permanent collection, Paper Trail: Prints from the Merlini Collection offers a personal yet comprehensive overview of 20th century Italian graphic art. The selection comprises 55 works on paper in a variety of printmaking techniques with a marked preference for figurative art. Merlini favored artists who worked just outside the avant-garde, for example Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978) was the originator of Metaphysical painting, a somewhat short-lived movement that greatly influenced the Surrealists.

Artists on display include Carla Accardi, Carlo CarrĂ , Renato Guttuso and Aligi Sassu, as well as a special selection of Tuscan artists, for an intimate survey of a period in Italian art that has had remarkable influence on contemporary Italian art, graphics and design.

April 16 through June 15, 2008
39a Canonbury Square
London N1 2AN
T. +44 20 7704 9522