THE PANZA COLLECTION
THE PANZA COLLECTION
From February 2014
Ca’ Pesaro, International Gallery of Modern Art Venice
The exhibition aims to pay tribute to one of the leading protagonists of international collecting of the 20th century, Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, a man whose passion, intuition and faith in contemporary art have made it possible to create one of the most interesting collections of post-war American art.
Ca’ Pesaro will present a careful selection of masterpieces by the leading exponents of Pop art, minimal and conceptual art, drawn from his collection which is today divided between the Guggenheim in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles. For the first time in Italy, it will be possible to see the most secret and also most successful part of his collection, which includes artists like Rauschenberg, Liechtenstein, Rothko, Ryman, Franz Kline, Dan Flavin, Hanne Darboven, Jan Dibbets, Hamish Fulton, Robert Irwin. Joseph Kosuth and Sol LeWitt.
The coherence of the collection, which was first begun in the 1950s, reveals much of the spirit with which it has been constructed. For Giuseppe Panza, collecting has always meant attributing an aesthetic and ethical meaning to everyday life, an extremely complex, intimate and passionate relationship that had nothing to do with the notion of financial investment, except in a wholly superficial manner. Both when he chose American post-formalist artists at the time when he was starting his collection, coming into direct contact with the creative vigour of the young American generation of artists, and when, from 1969, he was one of the first to sense the importance and novelty of conceptual art, Panza has always worked as a sort of talent scout, stimulated by a genuine need to discover and by a strong curiosity to know.
In collaboration with Moca – The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Panza Collection, Lugano
Curated by Gabriella Belli, Giuseppina Panza
With the collaboration of Pietro Caccia Dominioni
Layout by Daniela Ferretti