Thursday, April 20, 2017
The Galleria Italia in the Art Gallery of Ontario
With a range of experience in energy and real estate, Romeo DiBattista Jr. heads both Brovi Investments and The Recycling Depot (Maple) Inc. Romeo DiBattista Jr. is also a supporter of the arts in his community and was a founding donor of the Galleria Italia in the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto.
In 2002, art collector Ken Thomson donated 2,000 artworks to AGO, which sparked a four-year architectural renovation and expansion of the gallery by famed architect Frank Gehry. The Galleria Italia, a large showcase of art made of glass and wood, spans one of Toronto’s city blocks and became a defining feature of the renovation project. The critically acclaimed renovation, called Transformation AGO, began officially in 2004 and was completed in 2008.
The Galleria Italia got its name from an innovative fundraiser headed by AGO board member Tony Gagliano. He brought together a $10 million donation from 20 of Toronto’s Italian families who named the space in honor of their homeland.