he project matured over the years and today the Mart is able, for the first time in Italy, to present a truly extraordinary selection of works produced by leading artists, all ordered and selected with prophetic intuition by Giuseppe Panza. About 60 works by internationally-renowned artists will be exhibited, by such as Robert Barry, Hanne Darboven, Jan Dibbets, Hamish Fulton, Robert Irwin, Joseph Kosuth, Lawrence Weiner, Sol LeWitt, David Tremlett, Franco Vimercati, Ian Wilson and Peter Wegner.
Conte Panza began acquiring conceptual art in 1969, turning over a new leaf from the preceding decade, in which he had explored abstract expressionism and Pop Art. Giuseppe Panza was attracted to the all-encompassing methods of this “striving for the essential” typical of Minimalism and of its later conceptual offspring.
Panza judged thought as “the highest of human activities”. His was an act of courage that has enabled not only the conservation, but often also the creation of new works by artists who, forty years later, are considered the exemplary protagonists of a highly creative and innovative season in art. The artists selected for “The Panza Collection. Conceptual Art”, although very different, share one fundamental feature: they have opposed the traditional categories of painting and sculpture and have proposed a much broader definition of art, from the conceptual works that stress the idea rather than the creation of objects, to the major installations challenging the conventional concepts of perception and calling into question the border between a work of art and the environment around it.
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Project by Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, curated by Gabriella Belli and Richard Koshalek