Surrounded by splendid grounds extending over 33,000 square metres, Villa Menafoglio Litta Panza looks out over the city of Varese from the hillside of Biumo Superiore.
The Villa changed hands several times after the death of the Marquis, in 1769, until in 1823, the residence and some other surrounding properties were acquired by Pompeo Litta Visconti Arese, a descendant of one of the wealthiest and most illustrious Milanese lineages, who underwrote new alteration and entrusted their realisations to Luigi Canonica, a student of Piermarini and official State Architect during the Napoleonic period. The illustrious master added a Reception Hall and wing of outbuildings, designed to house stables and a carriage house.
After a period of neglect, in 1935 the Biumo complex was purchased by Ernesto Panza di Biumo, a Milanese, who began the fundamental restoration work, entrusting the restructuring to the architect Piero Portaluppi.
After Ernesto Panzaâs death the Villa in Biumo was passed on to his children, Giulia, Alessandro, Giuseppe and Maria Luisa. Among the four, it was Giuseppe who lived there and loved the place more than the others, linking the Villa in Varese to his famous modern art collection, now partially distributed among leading international museums.
Since he was a boy, Giuseppe Panza had always had shown great interest in the history of art. In the early fifties, having moved to the United State after graduating from university, he came into contact with pioneers of the abstract expressionist movement and was deeply struck.
When he returned to Italy, he delved deeper into the new American and European trends; in 1956, he be...
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FAI Fondo per lâAmbiente Italiano
Presents the exhibition
JOSEPH KOSUTH ART AND THOUGHT 1965 â 1974
From the Panza Collection
19 July - 30 November 2007, Villa Panza and Panza Collection, Varese
Kosuth has accomplished something that was unconceivable before: creating an art which identifies itself with the philosophic research... he makes us enter the indistinct reign of things that cannot be defined but that represent the substance of everything. For this reason, his works of art are immensely beautiful: they let us look within our souls.
Giuseppe Panza di Biumo
In the stables of Villa Panza and Collection, thirteen installation will be on show, covering the artistâs production from 1965 to 1974, and representing the essence of Kosuthâs artistic research, and the relationship with the knowledge of language and the tie between meaning and expression.
Joseph Kosuth, one of the main exponents and major theoretician of Conceptual Art, has been dealing with this field of research for more than thirty years. One of his installations is currently on the Island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni, that hosts the project The Language of Balance on the occasion of the 52nd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale of Venice.
The Conceptual Art has substituted the work of art in itself with a reflection upon the work of art, its role in the context of society and of its culture.
Therefore the artist does not make objects to be looked at, but instead concepts, ideas, reflections upon art, mainly expressed utilizing verbal language, or through a combination between text and photographic images.
Since the Sixties, in particular, Kosuthâs work has deeply explored the...+ [ Read all ]
GIOVANNI SEGANTINI Ottobre 2000 Ã¢â¬â Gennaio 2001
GIORGIO DE CHIRICO. GLADIATORI 1927-1929 ( 4-10-2003 / 14-12-2003)
ROBERTO CAPPUCCI. LO STUPORE DELLA FORMA. (10-5- 2003 / 21-09-2003)
GIOVANNI FRANGI. NOBU AT ELBA (15-02-2004 / 21-03-2004)
DAN FLAVIN. ROOMS OF LIGHT BETWEEN VARESE & NEW YORK. Works of the Panza Collection from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York ( 30-09-2004 / 12-12-2004)
LAWRENCE CARROLL. PITTURE ATTORNO AL BIANCOÃ¢â¬ÂÃ¢â¬ËLAWRENCE CARROLL: PAINTINGS AROUND WHITEÃ¢â¬Â (7-05-2005 / 28-09-2005)
LA BELLEZZA DELLA VELOCITÃâ¬ DAL MITO DELLA MACCHINA ALLÃ¢â¬â¢UOMO DINAMICO NELLE OPERE DEI MAESTRI DEL FUTURISMO (1-10-2005 / 27-11-2005)
REALLY, REALLY SIMPLE RICHARD LONG Opere dal 1978 al 2002 (14-04-2006 / 25-06-2006)
Ã¢â¬ÅMASTERPIECES OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. From Gian Ferrari collection to FAIÃ¢â¬Â
(12-10-2006 / 18-02-2007)
ANNE APPLEBY. ARTIST OF THE COLOR. From the Panza Collection (3-04-2007 / 6-06-2007)
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Admission ( Villa and permanent collection): adults â¬8.00 reduced tickets (children 4-12 years, Students) â¬3.00. FAI members: free admission.
10 a.m â 6 p.m. daily, except on monday
Last admittance 5.30 p.m.
Closed from 16th of December 2007 to 3th of February 2008.
Villa Panza is located at Biumo Superiore in Varese, Piazza Litta 1
Reaching Villa Panza takes about 40 minutes from the Malpensa Airport, 50 minutes from Milan
Guided visits (previous booking)
Parking facilities inside the premises and near the Villa
All galleries and facilities are wheelchair accessible.
Still photography for personal use is permitted in the collection galleries of the Villa only under a permission of 3,00 â¬. However for the works of art of Flavin, Turrell and Therrien itâs necessary the permission from SIAE. No flash or tripods allowed. No photographs or videotapes may be reproduced, distributed, or sold without permission from the Museum.
Museum internal and external photos (2)
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Villa Panza and the Panza collection is a FAI Property. http://www.fondoambiente.it//en/
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This astonishing wealth comprises, together with the famous monuments known to one and all, hundreds of often "hidden" jewels that run serious risks of deterioration and suffer the ravages of time and man.
It was precisely to save, protect and manage for society as a whole such incomparable testimony of art and nature that, on 28 April 1975, Giulia Maria Mozzoni Crespi, Renato Bazzoni, Alberto Predieri and Franco Russoli signed the deeds of constitution and the statutes of FAI - The National Trust for Italy: a trust set up on the model of the National Trust in England.
FAI is a reality founded through the enthusiasm of a small group of people - with the precise purpose of helping to protect, preserve and valorise the Italian artistic and environmental heritage - yet in just a few years became a passionate, delicate and complex mission.
A private, non-profit trust, FAI receives sites of historic, artistic and naturalist value through donations, bequests or loans for use, restores them, opens them to the public and ensures that everyone can enjoy them.
Our heartfelt thanks go to the support of 60,000 Members, to the "FAI 200" group of "Order of Merit" members, to the sponsors who from time to time link their names with our various activities and to everyone whose donations or bequests have helped us over time.
Yet FAI does not merely acquire and protect its heritage sites. In the awa...+ [ Read all ]