Art Night takes us to Naples, between Baia and the Madre


Tonight's episode of Art Night is devoted entirely to Naples. It starts with a documentary on Baia, the sunken city, and continues with the Madre Museum located in the 19th-century Palazzo Donnaregina.

Tonight, Friday, Feb. 4, a new episode of Art Night, a program hosted by Neri Marcorè, Silvia De Felice and Emanuela Avallone, Massimo Favia, Alessandro Rossi, and directed by Andrea Montemaggiori, will be aired on Rai5 at 9:15 p.m. The episode will be entirely dedicated to Naples, a city that has combined beauty and pain in its culture and art.

It starts with Baia. La città sommersa, a documentary written and directed by Marcello Adamo with text collaboration by Andrea Branchi, produced by GA&A Productions and Filmare Entertainment in collaboration with RAI CULTURA, realized thanks to the synergy with the Central Institute for Restoration, the Campi Flegrei Archaeological Park and the CNR. A journey of discovery of Baia, through exclusive access to the underwater restoration campaign.

From the cooperation between agencies and institutes comes the ambitious project of the permanent restoration campaign, of which the documentary recounts some phases. Underwater footage documents the intervention of the multidisciplinary team of technicians, scientists and researchers entrusted with the task of preserving through pioneering techniques the artifacts kept at the bottom of the sea. This is a unique work in the world, to which the attentions of the international scientific community as well as those of millions of enthusiasts are directed. Through the use of computer graphics, the documentary offers a vivid and vital image of Baia, of which we discover the villas and the sea-facing setting that made it a refuge from the austere and hectic life of the capital for emperors and wealthy Romans. The continuous discoveries made by archaeologists testify that there are still many archaeological treasures to be found and protected, even in view of the fact that only a small part of the archaeological area has been studied.

The evening continues with Madre, by Luigi Pingitore; a No Spoon Film production in collaboration with Rai Cultura.

In the heart of Naples, the three floors of the 19th-century Palazzo Donnaregina house the Madre Museum: 7,200 square meters of exhibition space, with site-specific installations, works from the permanent collection and temporary installations. Telling about the Madre Museum means telling about four intrinsically connected dimensions. The first concerns the museum as an architectural dimension, with its corridors, panoramic terrace, three floors connected by the staircase, indoor and outdoor spaces. Then the museum as a container of artworks: the site-specific collections, the nonpermanent exhibitions, the installations. A third dimension concerns the people. Those who work in it, those who guide it, and those who visit it. And finally, the urban context in which the Madre is inserted, since the museum straddles two very old and extremely popular neighborhoods, such as Forcella and the Sanità district. And it is precisely the contrast between the museum’s vocation for contemporaneity and the more conservative soul of the city around it that creates an evocative tapestry of color and sound that fully synthesizes Naples’ ability to live in perpetual balance between a very ancient past and the most advanced modernity.

Image: Baia, sunken city.

Art Night takes us to Naples, between Baia and the Madre
Art Night takes us to Naples, between Baia and the Madre


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