Robert Irwin  - James Turrell - Villa Panza - AISTHESIS. All'orignine delle sensazioni - 27.11.2012 / 02.11.2014
AISTHESIS – mostra d'arte contemporanea


Il FAI - Fondo Ambiente Italiano (the Italian National Trust) celebrates the genius of Robert Irwin and James Turrell - extraordinary Californian artists and leading exponents of environmental and perceptual art - by staging a major exhibition of their work at Villa Panza: AISTHESIS - The origin of sensations.

Aisthesis is an exhibition to be felt, rather than viewed - it constitutes a unique perceptual experience, where the borderlines of space and light become confused and cancel each other out.

The exhibition encompasses a total of 19 works: including projections, installations and sensory environments, admirably integrated into the spaces of the villa.
The two new works created by Irwin and Turrell specifi cally for the exhibition make it a truly unmissable opportunity.

In Ganzfeld "Sight Unseen", one of James Turrell's works, the main stable block is transformed into an emotive, endless landscape, whereas in the lemon house, Robert Irwin's "Varese Scrim" creates a labyrinth of feelings shaped by natural light.

Through photographs, videos and documents, the exhibition takes an indepth look at the close, 40-year relationship that Giuseppe Panza enjoyed with the two Californian artists. It was back in the 1970s that the great collector fi rst commissioned Irwin and Turrell to come up with memorable, site-specifi c works for his world-renowned Villa and Collection.

The exhibition is curated by Michael Govan, Director and CEO of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and by Anna Bernardini, Director of Villa Panza & the Panza Collection.

Opera Turrell

Opera Irwin

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