Villa Menafoglio Litta Panza: a 17th-Century villa which hosts the American contemporary art

Villa Menafoglio Litta Panza is a 17th-Century villa which hosts the American contemporary art.
It's a three-storey building with its typical Baroque "U" shap, it opens out towards a large garden ( 33,000 square meters) and it overlooks the city of Varese from the top of a hill, was built in the late 18th century by Marquis Paolo Antonio Menafoglio.
Following the death of the Marquis, the villa was acquired by Duke Pompeo Litta Visconti Arese.

Villa Panza Varese

In 1935 the complex was acquired by Ernesto Panza di Biumo .
Upon Ernesto's death, ownership passed into the hands of his four children, amongst whom Giuseppe was particularly enamoured of it and decided to use it to house his collection of contemporary art .

Villa Panza Varese

With a view to preserving intact for posterity both the villa and the enormous collection contained within it, in 1996 Giuseppe Panza donated both Villa Panza and the Panza Collection to FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano, which opened the villa up to the public in 2000.

Villa Panza Varese

The FAI - Fondo Ambiente Italiano is a private non-profit organisation . Its goal is to restore and to take care of special places in Italy so that present and future generations from all over the world may enjoy a priceless legacy.

Villa Panza Varese

Apart from the works displayed in the Villa, the works of the Panza Collection are exhibited in the most important international museums: from the  Guggenheim Museum  of New York to the  Museum of Contemporary Art  of Los Angeles (MOCA), to the  Hirshhorn Museum  of Washington D.C., to the  Albright-Knox Art Gallery  of Buffalo and to the  Museo Cantonale d'Arte  of Lugano.

Villa Panza Varese

The large vase full of water inside the courtyard of the villa.

Villa Panza Varese

Look at the gardens: Villa Panza

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