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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Get Your Art Fix in Naples

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3. What to Do


Contemporary art museum MADRE is housed in a restored nineteenth-century palazzo.  

Wander among modern masterpieces at the MADRE ($9.50), the city center’s only contemporary art museum. Opened in 2005 in a restored nineteenth-century palazzo, the museum’s permanent collection includes pieces by artists like Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein. Recent exhibitions have showcased Gianluigi Colin and Rachel Howard, while the current “Arte Povera” show, running through February 20, features pieces by Michelangelo Pistoletto, Jannis Kounellis, and others.

Experience art with all five senses at ISIArti, a cultural association that opened just over a year ago in the hip Chiaia neighborhood. The 5,300-square-foot gallery features exhibits by up-and-coming Italian artists, as well as performances, workshops, and D.J.-ed Friday-night drinks starting at 9 p.m. Support local designers by buying a handmade dress or pottery, and taste creative Neapolitan cuisine, like grilled scamorza with Molise truffles ($7), at the bisISIstrot.

Feel like you’re taking a trip—in more ways than one—at Università Station, the twelfth and latest addition to the city’s “Stations of Art,” a public project to outfit both old and new metro stops with contemporary art. Created by award-winning designer Karim Rashid, the station brings psychedelic into the digital age with backlit spirograph patterns, prints on backlit screens, and wall tiles printed with words like “shareware.”

Travel back in time to ancient Romans’ bedrooms at the Naples Archaeological Museum ($9), where the “secret cabinet” of erotic objects reopened at the end of last year after renovations. Other sections have received facelifts, too, including the museum’s world-renowned mosaics, frescoes from Pompeii, and famous Farnese statues.


Published on Nov 17, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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