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Seville businessman donates €14m art collection for local display

Real Pavilion, Maria Luisa Park.
Real Pavilion, Maria Luisa Park. Image by Elliott Brown / CC BY-SA 2.0

A wealthy Spanish businessman has donated his extensive art collection of almost 1000 works to the city of Seville for public display. The collection, worth an estimated €14m, comprises paintings, sculptures, ceramics and furniture, including a hoard of 19th-century paintings from the Seville school of art depicting local customs and manners. Businessman Mariano Bellver has lived in Seville since 1940 and his one wish for the collection is that it go on display inside the Real pavilion in Seville’s popular Maria Luisa Park, launching on 5 December, 2016 to coincide with his 90th birthday. The building will undergo a restoration costing €3m before the exhibition opens to the public. Read more: elpais.com