This exhibition runs from Wed, 14th Sep 2022 to Sun, 18th Dec 2022. See all dates
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This exhibition has not opened yet. Will open on Wed, 14th Sep 2022
This autumn, the Estorick Collection presents the work of Luigi Pericle (1916-2001), whose intense, enigmatic imagery was the subject of numerous exhibitions in Britain during the early 1960s. Shortly thereafter Pericle retreated from the art system and for the rest of his life worked in a secluded house on Monte Verità (‘Mount Truth’) in Switzerland. Having fallen into oblivion for several decades, his work was dramatically rediscovered in 2016 with the purchase of the artist’s former residence, which proved to be a treasure trove of paintings and graphic works. Luigi Pericle: A Rediscovery runs from 14 September until 18 December.
A Swiss painter of Italian origin, Pericle was also an illustrator, writer, and a scholar of esoteric philosophies such as astrology, theosophy and alchemy. During the 1960s his imagery was greatly admired by figures such as Herbert Read and Ben Nicholson. Pericle’s works – characterised by sweeping, calligraphic brushstrokes – established him as a key protagonist of post-war abstraction, yet in 1965, at the peak of his success, he suddenly withdrew from the art world. For the remainder of his career Pericle dedicated himself to his philosophical studies and to the creation of luminous, complex artworks in which cosmic forces and transcendental psychic states were explored through a highly personal repertoire of geometric forms and mystical, totemic symbols.
The process of restoring, cataloguing and researching Pericle’s vast oeuvre is ongoing, and is overseen by Ascona’s Archivio Luigi Pericle, with which this career-spanning retrospective has been organised.
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