Aisthesis. At the Origin of Sensations

Robert Irwin and James Turrell at Villa Panza

An exhibition of international scope which aims to document the research and the poetry of James Turrell and Robert Irwin, the protagonists of American environmental art.

Info & Booking

Buy online exhibition ticket.

The ticket purchased online is not valid as a reservation and can be freely used until the end of the show (November 2, 2014 > EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 8, 2014), based on the dates and times of entry below. At the cost of the ticket is added a fee of € 2.50 for the pre-sale service.

FAI members have a reduced fee, and they will be required to show the FAI membership card to the Ticket Office at Villa Panza.

At the moment of presentation of the ticket at Villa Panza, a pass with visiting hours to James Turrell's Ganzfeld will be provided to visitors. You need to respect the time specified in the pass, the visit will be otherwise canceled. If the passes were sold out, you will be returned € 2.50.


Villa e Collezione Panza
Piazza Litta 1, Varese

Exhibition Dates: November 27, 2013 -November 2,, 2014

Opening Hours:
Everyday except business Mondays: 10am – 6pm
Cashier closes 45 minutes before closing time.


  • James Turrell’s Ganzfeld can only be visited by up to 6 people at a time, in 10-minute slots.
  • A pass with the visiting time will be supplied to visitors upon purchasing their tickets. It is crucial to respect the stated time, otherwise the visit to the artwork will be canceled..
  • Children must be accompained by an adult.
  • If there are no passes left, visitors will be reimbursed €2.50.
  • The visit to the "Ganzfeld" could create some minimum balance problem or discomfort perception.


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IMPORTANT: One business day after completing your request, you will receive your confirmation email, containing a link you must visit to print your voucher. Voucher must be shown at the entrance of the exhibition to pick up reserved tickets – please remember the exhibition staff will not accept other documents for ticket pick up.

Cancellation Policy: Once a confirmation code has been assigned to the reservation, and for no shows, we can refund cost of unused tickets minus service fee (reservation fee and online booking fee).

How to get there

By car

Take the A8 motorway (’Autostrada dei Laghi’) to Varese, then follow the signs for Villa Panza. Parking is available within Villa Panza at a cost of€ 2.50.

Public transport

Trenord, from Milan Cadorna to Varese Nord; from Milan Porta Garibaldi to Varese FS; from Treviglio/Milan Passante to Varese FS.

Line A from Piazzale Trieste (train station) heading for Biumo Superiore - Piazza Litta (terminus).

By foot
From the train station, take Viale Milano, then Via Dandolo, then Via Morazzone and finally Via Crosa: approximately 1 mile (15-20 minutes).

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Aisthesis. At the Origin of Sensations

AISTHESIS – The origin of sensations

AISTHESIS = ancient Greek: Perception from the senses, feeling, hearing, seeing

FAI - Fondo Ambiente Italiano (the Italian National Trust) celebrates the genius of Robert Irwin and James Turrell - extraordinary Californian artists and leading exponents of environmental and perceptual art - by staging a major exhibition of their work at Villa Panza: AISTHESIS – The origin of sensations.

Aisthesis is an exhibition to be felt, rather than viewed – it constitutes a unique perceptual experience, where the borderlines of space and light become confused and cancel each other out.

The exhibition encompasses a total of 19 works, including projections, installations and sensory environments, admirably integrated into the spaces of the villa.

The two new works created by Irwin and Turrell specifically for the exhibition make it a truly unmissable opportunity. In Ganzfeld “Sight Unseen” the main stable block is transformed into an emotive, endless landscape, whereas in the lemon house, Robert Irwin’s “Varese Scrim” creates a labyrinth of feelings shaped by natural light.

Through photographs, videos and documents, the exhibition takes an in depth look at the close, 40-year relationship that Giuseppe Panza enjoyed with the two Californian artists. It was back in the 1970s that the great collector first commissioned Irwin and Turrell to come up with memorable, site-specific c works for his world-renowned Villa and Collection.

The exhibition is curated by Michael Govan, Director and CEO of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and by Anna Bernardini, Director of Villa Panza & the Panza Collection.


About Villa Panza

Surrounded by a magnificent garden, Villa Menafoglio Litta Panza in Biumo was built in the mid-eighteenth century by the Marquis Paolo Antonio Menafoglio and expanded in the neoclassical period by the architect Luigi Canonica, commissioned by the Duke Pompeo Litta Visconti Arese.

The villa is famous worldwide for the contemporary art collection of Giuseppe Panza Biumo collected there since the 1950s. More than a hundred works by contemporary artists, as well as rich furnishings of the period from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century and an important collection of pre-Columbian and African art are exhibited in the halls, rooms, and in the former stables.

The beautiful Villa Panza is definitely worth a day-excursion to Varese!

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