The Varese Window Room,
1973 : Robert Irwin
"to know the unknown"

To ignore the "space" is to ignore everything!

I've been spending time these days looking at interiors, architecture,
and large scale sculpture in terms of the space it resides. Could it be that the conversation that happens between the space and the sculpture/ furniture is more important than the actual object? Maybe, the dialogue is where the magic and / or arguments happen? I am slowly reading an interview with Count Giuseppe Panza di Biumo about his massive collection of postwar art.

He states “To understand the new art was of primary importance to me,” he told Vogue in 2007. “It was like discovering a new theory in physics, or a new celestial body. It was born of this same desire, to know the unknown.”


Giuseppe Panza states:

"The problem is to find the right space. Not only is the space itself important, but also its relationship to the space around it.

With the window by Irwin at Varese, it's important that it faces a garden with many dark green trees in the background and large branches in the foreground. From the empty room, which is all white and neutral, you see nature full of life. The opposition of the empty space inside, to the outside seen through the opening, looks like a painting.

The window becomes like the frame of a painting, a very strange painting which is real and not an illusion. The shifting image is very interesting. It's beautiful to see this wall of green, living trees. If there weren't any trees, if there was a street behind this wall of the house, everything would be lost

Images and text taken from

"Art of The Fifties, Sixties, and Seventies"