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TERRAE MOTUS COLLECTION

Permanent Exhibition
The Terrae Motus Collection, established after the earthquake that devastated the Italian regions Campania and Basilicata on 23 November 1980, was born thanks to an initiative and foresight of the Neapolitan art gallerist Lucio Amelio (1931-1994). At his request, several contemporary artists onch as Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Jannis Kounellis and Mimmo Paladino, all Artists of different nationalities, reacted to the catastrophic event through the creation of an artwork, and also starting a discussion while meditating about the of the effects of an earthquake and the contribution that art can give to the reconstruction. The Collection,whose name in latin language stands for “earthquake”, is composed of more than 70 pieces, and was exhibited in many times: at Villa Campolieto of Portsmouth, at Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, at the Grand Palais in Paris, before being donated in testament by mr Amelio to the Royal Palace Caserta in the 1994,when he passed away. Since the year 1994, the Collection Terrae Motus has been exposed, with periodic rotations, in the halls of the Palace, according to a logic that aims at integrate the contemporary art in the ancient and precious halls of the Palace.

In this Collection you can find artworks like: “Fate Presto” by Andy Warhol, “Untitled” by Keith Haring, “Go West-Ho (Glut)” by Robert Rauschenberg, “Earthquake in the Palace” by Joseph Beuys and “The other figure” by Giulio Paolini.

Terrae Motus Collection, is not a traditional exhibition, but a working in progress where the art finds new spaces in rooms still unadorned, in line with the wishes of Felicori, the manager of the Reggia di Caserta, who wants that the exhibition grows time by time.

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