NOT for 25 years, wrote Milan's weekly Epoca, had Italy seen an exhibit that "offered such a wide and original panorama of Italian contemporary art." The 192 paintings and sculptures were only visitors to their native land, and some Italians were inclined to complain about that. But by this week, as it opened in Rome after eight weeks in Milan, the show of U.S.-owned 20th century Italian works, sponsored by Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art, had won a special kind of favor. To Bologna's II Resto del Carlino, it was clear "evidence of the attention and love with which a discriminating...

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