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By Madre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Domenico Bianchi, Senza titolo, 2005 by Domenico BianchiMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Domenico Bianchi handles wax as if it were a pigment. His painting seeks simplicity and reduction; it is characterized by the elegance of the design. In the site-specific work he conceived for the Madre in 2005, a design inserted in space becomes the undisputed subject of his works, the core that generates form, movement and light.

Ave Ovo (2005) by Francesco ClementeMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

In 2005 Francesco Clemente, protagonist of the Transavanguardia, created for the Madre museum "Ave Ovo": a majolica floor and a fresco of monumental proportions, developed into two rooms and located on two floors of the museum. The artwork retraces ancient and modern places and symbols of the city of Naples.

Ave Ovo (2005) by Francesco ClementeMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Richard Long, Line of chance, 2005 by Richard LongMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

In the installation of Richard Long, "Line of Chance" (2005), the mud, primordial element made of the union of water with the earth, impresses its archaic identity on the walls of the room, simultaneously constituting the material and the message of the work.

10,000 Lines (2005) by Sol LewittMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

10,000 lines

In the conceptual art, of which Sol LeWitt was one of the founding fathers, "the idea becomes the tool that produces art". In his famous Wall Drawings, the artist incorporates straight lines, often intersected, which fragment the space in a multitude of unpredictable directions.

10,000 Lines by Sol LewittMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Il cielo di San Gennaro (2005) by Luciano FabroMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Il Cielo di San Gennaro

Luciano Fabro is one of the leading exponents of Arte Povera, an artist who has always been attentive to experiment with iconographies and materials in order to stimulate the audience with new perceptives and involvements in relation to the space. The site-specific work created for the Madre museum invites the visitor to direct his gaze to the celestial vault.

Il cielo di San Gennaro (2005) by Luciano FabroMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Untitled (2005) by Jeff KoonsMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Jeff Koons’ work aims at communicating with the masses, through a visual vocabulary which is extrapolated from advertising and from the entertainment industry, bringing to an extreme level the fine line between artistic language and popular culture. The large canvases on the walls of the Madre museum are reminiscent of the great narrative cycles of ancient frescoes and reinterpret in a critical key the practice and the dynamics of contemporary means of communication through the tradition of art.

Jeff Koons, Senza titolo, 2005 by Jeff KoonsMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Anish Kapoor, Dark Brother, 2005 by Anish KapoorMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Dark Brother

In the hole on the floor in his room at Madre museum, Anish Kapoor conveys the viewer's gaze towards the infinite and towards the bowels of "Mother Earth", with great effect of displacement.

Untitled (2005) by Mimmo PaladinoMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

In the large site-specific installation created by Mimmo Paladino for the Madre museum, among the hermetic signs scratched on the rough surface of the walls emerges a sculpture jutting out into space: a ghostly, silent presence, an allegorical figure that seems to inhabit a world in which the living and the dead live together.

Untitled (2005) by Mimmo PaladinoMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Untitled (2005) by Jannis KounellisMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

In the site-specific installation created by Jannis Kounellis for the Madre museum, the space of the room is longitudinally blocked by a large iron structure, which lets the light filter through a colored glass, as in a contemporary version of the cathedral’s windows. A large rusty anchor rests its weight, even metaphorically, on the floor, evoking the historical role of Naples and its relationship with the sea.

Spirits (2005) by Rebecca HornMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Spirits

From one of the skulls ("capuzzelle") of the Fontanelle Cemetery in Naples, Rebecca Horn has created the cast iron reproductions placed in her room at the Madre museum. These repreductions present movable mirrors which are an iconographic reference to the vanitas of the Baroque painting and to the still life genre.

Spirits (2005) by Rebecca HornMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Dilemma (2005) by Giulio PaoliniMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Dilemma

Giulio Paolini subtracts uniqueness from the work to suggest infinite possible existences. In his site-specif installation at the Madre museum, the artist analyzes the relationship between the work, the exhibition space and the reaction of the viewer.

Giuditta e Oloferne (2005) by Richard SerraMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Judith and Holofernes

Free from any symbolic or representative intent, Richard Serra's works become inseparable from the public's psycho-physical reaction, which is encouraged to experience them from multiple points of view. The site-specific installation created by the artist at the Madre museum in 2005 dialogues with the visitor, questioning his perception of reality.

Madre · museo d'arte contemporanea Donnaregina, Napoli. Courtesy Fondazione Donnaregina per le arti contemporanee, Napoli.Madre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Mimmo Paladino, Senza titolo, 2006 by Mimmo PaladinoMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

The site-specific installation created by Mimmo Paladino for the roof terrace of Madre museum in 2006 is related to a mysterious and primitive universe of horsemen and migrations, travels and wars. The figurative sculptural elements are made of volcanic tuff: a material poor in itself but with a rich historical background.

The Big Archive 1994-2014 (2014) by Perino & VeleMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Il mare non bagna Napoli (2015) by Bianco-ValenteMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

The site-specific artwork "Il mare non bagna Napoli", conceived by Bianco-Valente to be installed on the roof terrace of Madre Museum, which offers a view of the city of Naples, the Vesuvius and the sea, is inspired by 1953 Anna Maria Ortese’s book “The Sea Does Not Bathe Naples”. The statement embodies a bitter reflection: if the sea stands for openness and opportunities, then Naples can hardly be said to be washed by the waters that offer escape and redemption.

Passaggio della Vittoria (2018) by Paul ThorelMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Passaggio della Vittoria (2018) by Paul ThorelMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

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