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The Panza Collection

Italian real-estate investor Giuseppe Panza di Biumo and his wife Giovanna are among the most widely recognized and important art collectors of American and European art since the mid-20th century. Starting in the late 1950s, the Panzas began to amass a renowned group of more than 2,500 works in all media that centers on a predominantly Conceptual and Minimalist aesthetic, often focusing on artists’ works in depth. Many of the artworks the Panzas collected over the years are now iconic examples of the periods they represent.

Joseph Kosuth's ‘Three Color Sentence,’ 1965

Joseph Kosuth (American, born 1945). ‘Three Color Sentence,’ 1965. Red, blue, and green neon tubing, 48 1/2 inches (123.2 cm) long. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; The Panza Collection and George B. and Jenny R. Mathews Fund, by exchange, George B. and Jenny R. Mathews Fund and Charles Clifton Fund, by exchange, 2008 (2008:53.31a-b). © Joseph Kosuth, courtesy Sean Kelly Gallery, New York.

Installation view of Looking at Tomorrow: Light and Language from the Panza Collection, 1967–1990

Installation view of Looking at Tomorrow: Light and Language from the Panza Collection, 1967–1990 (October 24, 2015–February 7, 2016), with works by Sol LeWitt, Jan Dibbets, and Joseph Kosuth. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

The Panzas’ collection has been shared worldwide through exhibitions as well as the placement of works in museum collections throughout the United States, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York; and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The Panza Collection at the Albright-Knox includes 116 works by more than 30 artists and was built in stages through an acquisition of 71 works in 2008, three works in 2011, and an additional 45 works in 2015. In 2007, the Albright-Knox presented works from the museum’s first acquisition in the exhibition The Panza Collection: An Experience of Color and Light and, in 2015, it presented selections from the most recent acquisition in Looking at Tomorrow: Light and Language from the Panza Collection, 1967–1990.

Artists whose works are featured in this collection include Anne Appleby, Art & Language, Stuart Arends, Robert Barry, Alfonso Fratteggiani Bianchi, Max Cole, Hanne Darboven, Walter De Maria, Jan Dibbets, Dan Flavin, Ruth Ann Fredenthal, Hamish Fulton, Gilbert & George, Jene Highstein, Roni Horn, Douglas Huebler, Robert Irwin, Joseph Kosuth, David Lamelas, Sol LeWitt, Timothy Litzmann, Eric Orr, Stephen Prina, Winston Roeth, David Simpson, Phil Sims, Robert Therrien, Anne Truitt, Jan Vercruysse, Lawrence Weiner, and Ian Wilson, among others

Highlights from the Panza Collection All Works in the Panza Collection

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    The Panza Collection: An Experience of Color and Light

    November 16, 2007–February 24, 2008

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    The Long Curve: 150 Years of Visionary Collecting at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

    November 4, 2011–March 4, 2012

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    Looking at Tomorrow: Light and Language from the Panza Collection, 1967–1990

    October 24, 2015–February 7, 2016

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    Panel Discussion: “Collecting The Panza Collection”

    Sunday, November 15, 2015, 11:30 am

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    Honoring Panza: Film Screening and Discussion

    Thursday, December 3, 2015, 7 pm

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    The Panza Collection: An Experience of Color and Light

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    The Long Curve: 150 Years of Visionary Collecting at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

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