The Art of Campari

The Art of Campari

Since the nineteenth century, Campari has been responsible for some of the most distinctive and innovative imagery created in Italy. In a new exhibition this summer, The Art of Campari at London’s Estorick Collection, traces the history of Campari’s pioneering approach to advertising its iconic ruby-red aperitivo.

Campari advertDrawn from Campari’s extensive archives in Milan, the show features the original Belle Époque posters, looks through the revolutionary campaigns of the 1920s, and culminates in the elegant designs of the 1960s. This exhibition celebrates Campari’s rich heritage in creativity and design, showcasing the ground-breaking advertising and packaging designs responsible for establishing and maintaining unrivalled global recognition for the brand.

Founded in Milan in 1860 by Gaspare Campari (1828-1882), the company pursued a more dynamic approach to marketing its products under Davide Campari (1867-1936), harnessing the new power of the advertising poster.

Aiming to create a sophisticated brand profile, Campari worked with some of the most celebrated poster designers during the early 1900s: Leonetto Cappiello, Marcello Dudovich, Adolf Hohenstein, and Marcello Nizzoli.

Initially attuned to the aesthetics of Art Nouveau, it was the pioneering campaigns created by the Futurist artist Fortunato Depero from the mid-1920s onward that became Campari’s most celebrated commissions. Depero’s bold, witty and geometric designs modernized Campari’s look, creating an unmistakable visual identity and his belief that the publicity poster would be ‘the painting of the future’ continued to be reflected in Campari’s post-war commissions, and included elegant and vibrant designs by figures such as Franz Marangolo and Bruno Munari, epitomizing the spirit of the ‘Swinging Sixties’.Campari advert

The show features posters and designs by some of the most influential artists working for the company, as well as original sketches by Depero, complemented by objects including crates, glasses, bottles, plaques and other ephemera.

The Art of Campari runs from 4 July until 16 September 2018. Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London.

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