Naples on…display

Published in Museums & Attractions
31 January 2018

All the appointments with art not to miss in the city recommended by Where Naples


The Pio Monte della Misericordia hosts, until February 27th, 'Exodus #2016', the exhibition that the French artist Anne Goyer dedicates to the exodus of thousands of people from former Yugoslavia in 1947, after the treaty with which Italy lost all the territories conquered during the war. Through her portraits created with graphite powder on paper, the artist reconstructs the solidarity, pain and suffering that those Italians, afraid and disoriented, brought with them on the Exodus to the 109 fields all over Italy in which they were welcomed, including Naples (www.piomontedellamisericordia.it).

The 'Memorie di viaggio' of the Spanish artist Pedro Cano are on display at Capodichino Airport until the end of this month. Through 40 reproductions of works created by Cano during his travels in Turkey, Egypt, Greece and Balearics, from 2004 to 2015, the lights, the atmosphere, the history and the secrets of the Mare Nostrum become part of a journey of the soul. Among the places represented, of course, there is also Naples (www.aeroportodinapoli.it).

Gallerie d’Italia Palazzo Zevallos hosts, until 8 April, the exhibition 'Da De Nittis to Gemito. I napoletani a Parigi negli anni dell’Impressionismo'. On display are the works of the artists who, in the second half of the nineteenth century, went to Paris, which at the time represented modernity, and were able to experiment unprecedented expressive potential. The largest space of the exhibition is dedicated to Giuseppe De Nittis that: in Paris he gained a reputation such as to be considered "more Parisian than the Parisians themselves" (www.gallerieditalia.com).

A journey through madness is proposed by the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore alla Pietrasanta until May 27. 'Museo della Follia. Da Goya a Maradona' is a traveling exhibition curated by Vittorio Sgarbi that displays more than 200 works, including paintings, photographs, sculptures, objects and multimedia installations, all with one common thread: madness and the intimate relationship that links it to art.

Inside the exhibition stands the sculpture of Cesare Inzerillo tribute to the city of Naples and its tradition of superstition: a Royal Horn of over 3 meters. The novelty of the Museum of Madness is, however, as the subtitle says, the entry of football into the world of art, with Diego Armando Maradona. Sgarbi, the curator of the exhibition, explains: "Maradona is the Caravaggio of the twentieth century. And I’m taking him to a museum "(www.museodellafollia.it).

Football is the absolute protagonist at the Mann museum with the exhibition 'Il mito nel mito. Storie, campioni e trofei mai visti in mostra', scheduled until 28 February. The strongly identitary passion of Neapolitans, which closely links the football team to the city, is told with memorabilia, vintage photos, relics and trophies won by the Neapolitan team from the early days of football in Naples to present day (www.museoarcheologiconapoli.it).

At the Museum of Capodimonte, until 17 June, 'Carta Bianca. Capodimonte Imaginaire' is scheduled. Ten ideal visitors among which intellectuals, artists and entrepreneur collectors tell, through their very personal vision, another story about the museum and about art. In ten different rooms, each invited curator had "carte blanche" to choose from one to ten works among the 47 thousand of the Capodimonte collection and to imagine the set in absolute freedom, with the sole obligation to explain his choice. You can discover that there are infinite ways of reading and looking, while imagining (www.museocapodimonte.beniculturali.it).