Panza, Giuseppe—Art collections

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  • 1923: Born March 23rd in Milan.
  • 1931: Panza's father, Ernesto, purchases Villa Litta, Varese.
  • 1943: Fled to Switzerland with his older brother to avoid being drafted into the German army.
  • 1948: Bachelors in Law at University of Milan (never practiced, self-taught in art history). Started working in the family businesses of real estate development and the manufacture of industrial alcohol.
  • 1955: Married Rosa Giovanna Magnifico (5 children: Giuseppina, Alessandro, Federico, Giovanni, Giulio).
  • 1956: Inherited family businesses with his brother. Began collecting.
  • 1957: Acquires first Franz Kline work.
  • 1959: Begins collecting Robert Rauschenberg's work.
  • 1962: Purchases works from Claes Oldenburg's "The Store" and by James Rosenquist.
  • 1966: Acquires works by Robert Morris and Donald Judd.
  • 1974: Exported works now owned by Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) to Switzerland. Forms Modern Painting Trust (disbanded by 1978) and consummates Mönchengladbach long-term loan agreement for art works of the 1950s and early 1960s.
  • 1975: Düsseldorf long-term loan agreement.
  • 1976: Stopped collecting because of the Italian economic downturn. Museum programs begin in earnest with his collection that contains ca. 600 works. Because of a new Italian law regarding estates abroad, Panza must decide to either sell that portion of his collection and bring the money home, or bring the paintings back to Italy. Basel long-term loan agreement.
  • 1978: Negotiations begin with Regione Piemonte about Castello di Rivoli housing the collection. Offers his villa to Regione Lombardia.
  • 1980: Düsseldorf and Basel exhibitions.
  • 1982: Goes to court over re-importing works from Düsseldorf exhibition that were not specified (to export) in the contract.
  • 1983: Comune di Varese discusses foundation for potential museum.
  • 1984: MOCA purchases 50's and 60's works after the Italian government forces Panza to sell the collection and his other programs fail.
  • 1987: Begins collecting works by new artists (numbers close to 1,500 pieces by 1995).
  • 1988: Musée Rath, Geneva and Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid exhibitions.
  • 1989: Musée Saint Etienne and Saint Pierre, Lyon exhibitions.
  • 1990: Guggenheim purchases and receives through long-term loan and gifts Minimal and Conceptual works collected prior to 1976.
  • 1992: Exhibition and donation of ca. 200 works to the Lugano museum in Switzerland from Panza's recent acquisitions. Moves to Lugano to be free of Italian governmental restrictions on the collection and archive.
  • 1994: Donates 70 new works to MOCA.

From the guide to the Giuseppe Panza papers, 1956-1990, (Getty Research Institute)

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creatorOf Giuseppe Panza papers, 1956-1990 Getty Research Institute
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associatedWith Andre, Carl, 1935- person
associatedWith Barry, Robert, 1936- person
associatedWith Bell, Larry person
associatedWith Cane, Louis, 1943- person
associatedWith Celant, Germano person
associatedWith Charlton, Alan person
associatedWith Darboven, Hanne person
associatedWith Davis, Douglas, 1933- person
associatedWith De Maria, Walter, 1935- person
associatedWith Dibbets, Jan, 1941- person
associatedWith Fautrier, Jean, 1898-1964 person
associatedWith Flavin, Dan, 1933- person
associatedWith Fulton, Hamish person
associatedWith Irwin, Robert, 1928- person
associatedWith Joseph, Peter, 1929- person
associatedWith Judd, Donald, 1928- person
associatedWith Kline, Franz, 1910-1962 person
associatedWith Kosuth, Joseph person
associatedWith Law, Bob, 1934- person
associatedWith Lewitt, Sol, 1928- person
associatedWith Lichtenstein, Roy, 1923- person
associatedWith Long, Richard, 1945- person
associatedWith Mangold, Robert, 1937- person
associatedWith Marden, Brice, 1938- person
associatedWith Meloni, Gino, 1905- person
associatedWith Morris, Robert person
associatedWith Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Nauman, Bruce, 1941- person
associatedWith Nonas, Richard person
associatedWith Nordman, Maria person
associatedWith Oldenburg, Claes, 1929- person
associatedWith Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925- person
associatedWith Restany, Pierre person
associatedWith Rosenquist, James, 1933- person
associatedWith Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970 person
associatedWith Ryman, Robert, 1930- person
associatedWith Serra, Richard, 1939- person
associatedWith Tàpies, Antoni, 1923- person
associatedWith Tremlett, David, 1945- person
associatedWith Turrell, James person
associatedWith Vedova, Emilio, 1919- person
associatedWith Weiner, Lawrence person
associatedWith Wheeler, Doug, 1939- person
associatedWith Wilson, Ian person
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Abstract Expressionism
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