The Panza Collection is entirely a couple's affair. When my wife Giovanna and I discover works by a new artist, I look at her and she looks at me. I can see in her eyes if she wants to buy or not. So even between my wife and me, "looking" is a issue.
The National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome hosts the first Italian exhibition of works from the collection - Carl Andre, Donald Judd, Robert Morris. Sculture Minimal (January 16 - March 2, 1980).
The general catalogue of the collection is published on the occasion of Sammlung Panza held at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen and Kunsthalle in Düsseldorf which is the first public survey on the Panza Collection (September 19 - November 2, 1980).
Giuseppe is appointed Founding Trustee of the Board of Trustees of MOCA in Los Angeles (November 1980).
The core collection, formed from 1966 to 1976, is on long-term display at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel on the occasion of Minimal + Conceptual Art aus der Sammlung Panza (November 9, 1980 - June 28, 1981).
In the early 1980s, through James Turrell and curator Julia Brown, the Panzas encounter the emergent Los Angeles art scene that includes Peter Shelton, Robert Therrien, Mark Lere and Roy Thurston whose works they would acquire.
A selection from the Panza collection is shown in the United States at the MOCA’s opening exhibition in Los Angeles - The First Show: Painting and Sculpture from Eight Collections, 1940-1980, featuring artworks from the collections of De Menil, Lipman, Ludwig, Rowan, Saatchi, Schreiber and Weisman (November 20, 1983 - February 18, 1984).
MOCA purchases the first part of the collection which is comprised of 80 masterpieces by Fautrier, Kline, Lichtenstein, Oldenburg, Rauschenberg, Rosenquist, Rothko, Segal and Tàpies gathered by the Panzas from 1957 to 1964 (January 1984).
Gallerist David McAuliffe inaugurates the Angles Gallery in Santa Monica (California). His activity, along with other’s such as Dudley Del Balso and Craig Cornelius in New York, will be instrumental in the discovery of the new art and in the forming of the third segment of the collection.
On the occasion of The Museum of Contemporary Art. The Panza Collection, held at the MOCA’s The Temporary Contemporary, Giuseppe develops the exhibition’s installation designs. As part of the recent acquisition, the artworks are exhibited all together for the first time outside Italy (February 13 - September 29).
He is interviewed by the Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight - Oral history interview with Giuseppe Panza, April 2 - 4, 1985, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Giuseppe begins collaborating with Thomas Krens who would be appointed director of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, in view to a long-term loan (later unrealized) to the founding MassMoCA in North Adams.
The Panzas resume their purchasing activities .
They complement the earlier corpus with new Light & Space projects and with works by Eric Orr, James Turrell, Hap Tivey, Susan Kaiser Vogel and sound installations by Michael Brewster. A new body of works by Dan Flavin, Richard Long, Hamish Fulton, Jene Highstein and Robert Barry is acquired as well.
In 1988, following Giuseppe’s research on new artistic expression in the 1970s and 1980s, they begin forming the third part of the collection with Martin Puryear’s large-scale installations, of whom Desire (1981) is displayed in the main stable of the Villa.
Being interested in organic abstraction and in the object-reductionist tendency, they begin purchasing works by Californian artists like Shelton, Therrien, Lere and Carole Seborovski; that same year, artworks by Ettore Spalletti, Meg Webster and Ford Beckman enter the collection.
The 18th-century building of the Centro de arte Reina Sofia in Madrid hosts the exhibition Arte Minimal de la Colecciòn Panza that features works by Andre, Flavin, Judd, Morris, Nauman e Nonas (March 24 - December 31, 1988).
The Musée Rath in Geneva organizes Minimal Art dans la collection Panza di Biumo (July 10 - October 16, 1988).
While the Panzas continue their purchasing activity, several institutions host in-depth exhibitions of the second part of the collection: Collection Panza: Richard Long, Bruce Nauman, Musée d’Art Moderne, Saint Etienne (June 30 - September 6, 1989) and Collection Panza: Dan Flavin, Musée Saint-Pierre d’Art Contemporain, Lione (June 30 - September 6, 1989).
This year marks the project (later unrealized) of turning Villa Panza into the second Italian venue of the Guggenheim Museum, the first being the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.