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Naples National Gallery of Capodimonte. The contemporary art collection


[:en]One of the peculiarities of the Museum of Capodimonte is that it has not only the collections of ancient art but also one dedicated to contemporary art, which is kept constantly updated also thanks to the constant acquisitions of artists who are linked to the italian territory and international. This collection is housed on the third floor of the museum together with the nineteenth century gallery and the photographic section.

Which artworks can we find dedicated to the contemporaneous?

It is accessible from the second floor, starting from a room in the attic of the Royal Palace. The beautiful installation by Jannis Kounellis, Untitled from 1989, welcomes visitors into a different world from what they have seen up to that moment.

One of the large black crevices by Italian artist Alberto Burri is located at a distance from the room. It is the beginning of the ’70s when the artist begins his cycle of Cretti, from which he will develop a real strand before creating the most famous with which he covered the remains of the city of Gibellina earthquake in a famous example of Land Art in 1984.

In those same years, Burri received the Feltrinelli Prize for Graphics from the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, motivated as follows: “for the quality and invention, albeit in apparent simplicity, of a graphic design made with ultra-modern means, which integrates perfectly with the artist’s painting, of which it is not already a collateral aspect, but almost a vivification that combines extreme rigor to an incomparable expressive purity”.

In 1976 Alberto Burri created a monumental cretto, the so-called Great Black Cretto, which was exhibited in the Franklin D. sculpture garden Murphy of the University of Los Angeles (UCLA); A work similar in style, expressive strength and content to that exhibited in Naples, in Capodimonte Museum.

Another important work is located here, it is the installation by Mario Merz, Shockwave (Onda d’urto in italian), made with elements characteristic of his work such as iron, neon, newspapers, stones and glass, or even that of Joseph Kosuth, A grammatical observation, a dark environment with walls lit by neon and mirrors in which it is easy to get lost.

Among other works, the most famous is perhaps Vesuvius by Andy Warhol, in which we see a colorful panorama of the erupting Vesuvius, made with the classic screen printing technique that has distinguished the great American artist.

In addition, there are also works by historicized artists such as Enzo Cucchi, Mimmo Paladino, Hermann Nitsch, Sigmar Polke, Gino De Dominicis, Giulio Paolini, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Luigi Mainolfi and Ettore Spalletti.

INFORMATION Address: Via Miano, 2, 80131 Napoli NA Orari: Mon-Sun 8.30-19.30 (Wednesday closing day) – € 12 full – € 2 reduced for visitors aged between 18 and 25 years – € 4 second floor museum ticket including exhibition on days with free admission and for holders of artecard. Free entrance for children under 18 years of age

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