Robert Wilson for Villa Panza. Tales

Mar 7th, 2017

At Villa Panza in Varese, from 4 November 2016 to 15 October 2017, FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano (the National Trust for Italy) is staging the exhibition “Robert Wilson for Villa Panza. Tales”, curated by Noah Khoshbin and Anna Bernardini.

Robert Wilson has designed a rich and complex exhibition for Villa Panza, that engages both the interior of the villa with an important selection of Video Portraits and the exterior of the villa with a permanent site-specific sculpture titled A House for Giuseppe Panza.



Wilson’s aesthetics and artistic practice finds synergy with Giuseppe Panza’s legacy. Shared interests surrounding mind-body relationships and other universal themes are approached by both men via a highly sophisticated aesthetic that transform great moral questions into perfected visions. The works exhibited are positioned, as is the Villa Panza collection, by the constant juxtaposition of objects and ideas emblematic of both classical and contemporary worlds. These relationships, and both men’s particular sensitivity to light and interior time, work to create a tension capable of establishing a dialogue between different eras and cultures.


Robert Wilson’s Video Portraits might be best described as a medium which uses an advanced digital technology to display the slow mutation of the subject’s inner world. The video exhibition extends through the villa and works in dialogue with the architecture, furnishings, and Panza collection. These relationships and counterpoints create an atmosphere that alternates between moments of timelessness and contemplation and moments of stark contrast, an effect which reveals possible new affinities. The seamlessly looped videos portray figures from the world of art, literature, theater, and entertainment, as well as specimens of the animal kingdom. Occupying the entire south wing of the first floor of the villa, the exhibition will also highlight the Lady Gaga Portraits, a powerful and hypnotic series created in 2013 for Mr. Wilson’s solo exhibition that year at the Louvre.

Robert Wilson for Villa Panza. Tales

4 November 2016 – 15 October 2017 Villa e Collezione Panza
Piazza Litta 1, Varese

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