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Villa Borghese Orangery to be renamed the Bilotti Museum

Rome says yes to collector’s demands

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The Italian New York-based collector Carlo Bilotti has offered 20 paintings worth E13 million ($17.3 million) by the 20th-century Italian painter Giorgio De Chirico to Rome City Council on three conditions: that the works be housed in the Villa Borghese Orangery, Rome; that the building be re-named the Bilotti Museum; and that it open by March 2006. The council has agreed to all these conditions and is to fund the renovation of the Orangery, scheduled to re-open in January 2006, at a cost of around E1 million ($1.32 million).

Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as ‘Rome says yes to collector’s demands'