The contemporary art of Villa Panza
In 1956, the villa’s fascinating collection was inaugurated, destined to be subsequently transformed into a real artistic temple. Giuseppe Panza and his wife Giovanna, driven by a passion for art, decided to undertake a journey to New York every year in search of colours, shapes and inspirations, and thus collecting precious masterpieces to add to their collection.
In 1996, Giovanna and Giuseppe Panza donated the villa and the Panza collection to FAI, reserving the second floor as their private residence. After meticulous renovations and restorations, FAI opened the villa to the public in 2001.
The artworks and the collection
Giuseppe Panza’s collection takes inspiration from the themes of light and colour, featuring approximately one hundred fifty minimalist and environmental “site-specific” artworks primarily created by American artists. These pieces are displayed in pristine white rooms, where interiors and exteriors harmoniously blend through a play of light and perspective, inviting contemplation of life’s deeper meaning to anyone who enters. Moreover, the collection is accompanied by a selection of pre-Columbian and African artworks, enhancing the villa’s historic and original furnishings with an added sense of opulence and significance.