between Caravaggio and ancient Greece

The new 10,000 square meter Banca Intesa Sanpaolo Museum in via Toledo. Inside, there will also be a star-studded restaurant.

The new museum opens via Toledo in Naples “Gallerie d’Italia “by Banca Intesa Sanpaolo: 10 thousand square meters of art, with hundreds of works on display. Among these the famous “The martyrdom of St. Ursula” by Michelangelo Merisi, called il Caravaggio, as well as new itineraries dedicated to Attic and Magna Graecia ceramics and modern and contemporary art. The new exhibition housed in the old headquartersex Banco di Napoli, designed by architect Marcello Piacentini in via Toledo 177, is in itself a work of art. A golden corridor enchants tourists and accompanies them in the rooms where the works are exhibited. The management of the Neapolitan Museum remains entrusted Michele CoppolaArtesa, Culture and Historical Heritage Director Intesa Sanpaolo and Director of the Gallerie d’Italia, flanked by the Deputy Director Antonio Ernesto Denunzio. To celebrate the inauguration of the Gallerie d’Italia in Naples, all visitors will have free access to the Intesa Sanpaolo Museum via Toledo on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May. The opening hours will be at from 10 to 20.

A new museum in Naples via Toledo of 10,000 square meters

Thanks to the project and the interventions, the spaces for Zevallos Stigliano Palace, which gives them ten thousand square meters. This is an architectural remodel with great impact that updates the building without distorting its historical value, created by Michele De Lucchi – AMDL Circle, which transforms the spaces into usable according to modern museological and museographic criteria. The environments thus adhere to the most innovative and recognized international museum standards. The museum will exhibit a selection of Neapolitan and Southern paintings and sculptures from the early seventeenth to the first decades of the 20th century, beginning with the masterpiece from the Intesa Sanpaolo collection, Saint Ursula’s martyrdom by Caravaggio, as well as new itineraries dedicated to Attic and Magna Graecia ceramics and modern and contemporary art.

Routes, between Gentileschi, Luca Giordano and Gemito

The works in the permanent collection are distributed along three thematic itineraries. On the first floor, in the part of the museum that is curated by Fernando Mazzoccawe find a selection of paintings and sculptures mainly from the Neapolitan and southern area, from the period from the beginning of the 17th century to the first decades of the 20th century, based on the collections’ absolute masterpieces, Martyrdom of Saint Ursula by Caravaggio, the master’s last painting made in May 1610, a few weeks before his death. The names of Artemisia Gentileschi, Luca Giordano, Gaspar van Wittel, Anton Smink Pitloo, Giacinto Gigante, Domenico Morelli. A collection of drawings and sculptures by Vincenzo Gemito constitutes one of the great writers’ most important cores, and effectively documents his extraordinary artistic likeness.

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On the second floor the routes dedicated Attic and great Greek pottery and works from the collections of modern and contemporary art. The first, curated by Fabrizio Paolucci, presents for the first time to the public the entire Caputi collection belonging to Intesa Sanpaolo, consisting of over 500 vases and other finds made in Athens, Puglia and Lucania between the 400s and 300s BC , all come from Ruvo di Puglia, a center of the province of Bari that played a very important political, economic and cultural role in Magna Graecia.

A row of rooms overlooking via Toledo hosts, on the same floor, the second itinerary: a selection of works from the art collection of the 20s and 2000s by Intesa Sanpaolo, curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, which is a suggestive journey through chronological compilations ranging from the post-war period to the present. There are works by Lucio Fontana, Alberto Burri, Piero ManzoniEnrico Castellani, Mario SchifanoGiulio Paolini, Alighiero Boetti, Michelangelo PistolettoGiosetta Fioroni, Carol Rama, Afro, Emilio Vedova, Gerhard Richter, Jannis KounellisSol LeWitt.

In the museum, a bistro café and star restaurant

From via Toledo you can access freely cafeteria-bistro (opens soon) and al bookstore. There is also a restaurant on the terrace with a star chef. Three classrooms, on the first floor, allow for an expansion of educational activities for schools and for specific target groups, always free of charge, which over the years has represented an element of basic commitment on the part of the bank to the territory. A new library with a collection of volumes from Intesa Sanpaolo’s book heritage, linked to the National Library Service, it will offer researchers and enthusiasts the opportunity to explore themes and aspects related to the works in the museum’s collections and temporary exhibitions.

The first temporary exhibition held at the new site will be the last exhibition of the XIX edition of Returns, the two-year program to protect and strengthen the national artistic heritage that Intesa Sanpaolo has carried out for over thirty years in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture. The works of public heritage restored thanks to Intesa Sanpaolo over the past three years (pandemic has delayed time but has not stopped the project) belonging to archeological sites, museums, places of worship from all over Italy will be exhibited to the public.

In Italy there are 4 Gallerie d’Italia museums: the other places

The opening of the Neapolitan Museum, to which the new headquarters in Turin, open since 17 May, will be added, is a fundamental step for Intesa Sanpaolo in the promotion of Italian culture and the improvement of its artistic heritage. of more than 35,000 owned works of art, the economic value of which is reported at fair value in the financial statements from 2017. I four museums in the Gallerie d’Italia – Milan, Naples, Turin and Vicenza – recall the common features by consolidating the Intesa Sanpaolo museum system managed by the bank’s cultural projects, created to strengthen the historical and artistic heritage that has flowed into the Group over the years. The offices are historic buildings like the bank’s former offices which, in the restructuring work driven by new needs – including opening to the public, protection and preservation of works of art, sustainability, full accessibility – keep the reminder of their previous functions.

The business plan 2022-2025 was recently presented by the CEO and the CEO Carlo Messina strengthens Intesa Sanpaolo’s commitment to culture with the expansion of the bank’s two other museums in Milan and Vicenza, leading to a doubling of the Gallerie d’Italia’s overall exhibition space by 2025 – from 14,200 square meters to 30,000 square meters – and consolidation of the Group’s leading position private cultural actors at the international level in terms of reputation, commitment and the size, quality and economic value of the collection, a commitment that is part of the Group’s ESG operations. Both museums will show original temporary exhibitions and will organize activities such as teaching for schools, scientific research, initiatives for social inclusion. Some of the spaces will be available for city events and initiatives.

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