Robert Irwin  - James Turrell - Villa Panza - AISTHESIS. All'orignine delle sensazioni - 27.11.2012 / 02.11.2014
Eventi Speciali


Saturday, October 4 - 5.30 pm

Villa Panza , Salone Impero
"Giuseppe Panza di Biumo: the collector curator. Projects for museums and exhibitions between public and private space"

Conference by Roberta Serpolli, art historian

This presentation considers the agency of collector Giuseppe Panza's museographic criteria through an analysis of his curatorial activity in both the contemporary museum and Villa Panza, the latter being a chosen place for exhibiting and experiencing art.
From the redefinition of the house museum's typology to specific projects for museums and installation designs, Panza's paradigm in exhibiting art envisioned an innovative aesthetic research on spatiality. In 2005, the collector was conferred an honorary degree in Architecture from Università della Svizzera Italiana, Mendrisio.

Free entry subject to availability.

Thursdays September 25, October 2 and 9

Sunset at Villa Panza

Villa Panza will be exceptionally open to the public for three cocktails at sunset, offered in collaboration with the restaurant "Luce." For the occasion, visitors will have the opportunity to visit the exhibition "Aisthesis" until 9pm. The exhibition "Aisthesis" will be open to the public from 10 am to 9 pm.

Cocktail buffet: €10 per drink

Admission to the exhibition "Aisthesis"
FAI members: €6
Adults: €12,50
Children (aged 4 - 14): €6
Students (aged 15 - 26): weekdays €8 - weekends and public holidays €10

August 10th, 2014, fm 7 to 11 pm

"The night of the shooting stars"

On Sunday, August 10th, Villa Panza will be open from 7 to 11 pm.
A unique opportunity to visit the exhibition "AISTHESIS. The origin of sensations" and enjoy the stars' show laying down in the park (take a blanket with you). From 7 pm : Happy Hour by "Luce" Restaurant.

Reservation no needed.
Fee entrance + guided visit to the exhibition + park entrance by night: Adults € 20; FAI members € 15 (Happy Hour not included).

Luce Restaurant INFO: tel. 0332/242199.
In case of bad weather the Villa will close at 10 pm.

January 26, 2014, 5 pm

Arte Fiera 2014 - International fair of modern and contemporary art

Giuseppe Panza, Collector. "Buy, preserve, hand down"
The story of a cultural project through an unreleased documentary film of the figure of Giuseppe Panza.

Meeting with: Alberto Saibene, co-author of the documentary film "Panza remember that name"
Anna Bernardini, Director of Villa e Collezione Panza and co-curator of the exhibition "Aisthesis. All'origine delle sensazioni".
Moderator: Giorgio Verzotti, Artistic Director of Arte Fiera 2014.

"Panza remember that name" is a documentary film realized by Simone Pera and Alberto Saibene for FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano in collaboration with the Archivio Panza di Mendrisio. It tells the story of one of the most important collections of contemporary art in the world as well as the figure of a radical humanist who turned his Villa in Varese into a perfect self-portrait. The video recalls the many moments of Count Panza's activities, such as his pioneerjourneys to California looking for land art – of which he was a forerunner in Italy –celebratedtoday with an exhibition dedicated to its main representative artists, Robert Irwin and James Turrell, on show at Villa Panza until next November.

Novembre 26, 2013

University of Milan

Lectio Magistralis by Michael Govan, Director and CEO of Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and co-curator of the exhibition.

"Robert Irwin and James Turrell: Art without objects"


Anna Bernardini

In collaboration with
  • The Getty Research Institute
  • Archivio Collezione Panza a Mendrisio
Thanks to
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
  • PACE gallery
Under the  patronage of
  • Regione Lombardia
  • Comune di Varese
Under the patronage
and with the support of
Provincia di Varese
Partner of Villa
e Collezione Panza
JT International SA (JTI)
Eni cultura dell'energia
Museo Regione Lombardia