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The Wunderkammer Panza di Biumo. The Art of Small Objects 1966-1992

Carl Andre, Brass Aquare Piece, 1972 | Photo: Alessandro Zambianchi | Courtesy of Panza Collection, Mendrisio

A precious “chamber of wonders” reveals its small treasures in the spaces of the shop in Piazza San Marco, designed by Carlo Scarpa for Adriano Olivetti in 1958, thanks to the exhibition, curated by Anna Bernardini and Pietro Caccia Dominioni, which selects a series of curious small objects, including maquettes, tools, mechanical inventions and other rarities, belonging to the Panza Collection that the FAI takes care of, preserves and enhances in Varese, in the Villa Panza di Biumo, which was the private home of the collector and which today is an asset of FAI, open to the public since 2000. Most of the objects on display, executed over a period of time between 1966 and 1992, bear the signature of the main exponents of Minimalism and Conceptual Art - from Walter De Maria to Carl Andre, from Robert Morris to Richard Nonas, from Dan Flavin to Joseph Beuys, up to Robert Barry, Ian Wilson, Jene Highstein, Piero Fogliati, Douglas Davis and Eric Orr - of which Giuseppe Panza di Biumo (1923-2010) appreciated what the same collector called "the art of small objects", or the ability to express and enhance the concepts of intimacy, private and individual, compared to what was visible and public, then as today.

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