London has hundreds of museums and galleries open to the public, but lovers of modern art will find only one devoted to Italian artworks. Located in a Grade-II listed Georgian mansion in the heart of Islington, the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art is the passion project of American writer and art collector Eric Estorick, and opened its doors in 1998 after Estorick’s death.
The vast collection is spread over six galleries, with a strong leaning toward Italian Futurists such as Giacomo Balla, Luigi Russolo, Umberto Boccioni, and Carlo Carrà. Other notable artworks and sculptures include pieces by Modigliani, Marino Marini, Giorgio Morandi and Giorgio de Chirico, mostly dating from between 1890 and 1950.
Visit the museum for free with the London Pass, which includes free public transportation around the city and skip-the-line access to must-sees such as Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London.
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art is located on Canonbury Square in Islington. It is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm, and Sundays from 12pm to 5pm. Adult admission is £5, but entrance is free for visitors holding the London Pass, which includes admission to more than 60 attractions as well as public transportation.