Panza's father, Ernesto, purchases Villa Litta,
Fled to Switzerland with his older brother to avoid being
drafted into the German army.
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.
Married Rosa Giovanna Magnifico (5 children: Giuseppina,
Alessandro, Federico, Giovanni, Giulio).
Inherited family businesses with his brother. Began collecting.
Acquires first Franz Kline work.
Begins collecting Robert Rauschenberg's work.
Purchases works from Claes Oldenburg's "The Store" and by
Acquires works by Robert Morris and Donald Judd.
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
Düsseldorf long-term loan agreement.
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.
Negotiations begin with Regione Piemonte about Castello di
Rivoli housing the collection.Offers his villa to Regione Lombardia.
Düsseldorf and Basel exhibitions.
Goes to court over re-importing works from Düsseldorf
exhibition that were not specified (to export) in the contract.
Comune di Varese discusses foundation for potential
MOCA purchases 50's and 60's works after the Italian
government forces Panza to sell the collection and his other programs
Begins collecting works by new artists (numbers close to 1,500
pieces by 1995).
Musée Rath, Geneva and Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid
Musée Saint Etienne and Saint Pierre, Lyon
Guggenheim purchases and receives through long-term loan and
gifts Minimal and Conceptual works collected prior to 1976.
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.
Donates 70 new works to MOCA.
From the guide to the Giuseppe Panza papers, 1956-1990, (Getty Research Institute)