Terrae Motus Collection

From the Irpinia earthquake sprout a contemporary art collection of the greatest artists of the '80s

History

 

 

The Terrae Motus Collection, established after the earthquake that devastated the Italian regions Campania and Basilicata on November 23, 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.

 

Lucio Amelio - 1931-1994

 

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Lucio Amelio's testament

TERRAE MOTUS:PER RICORDARE IL TERREMOTO IN IRPINIAKeith Haring "No title"

terrae-motus-cucchiEnzo Cucchi "No title"

5324513577_518f7f41c1_o-by-paolo-meoMichelangelo Pistoletto "Annunciation"

Andy Warhol "Fate presto"Andy Warhol "Fate presto" (be quick)

terrae-motus-italia-portaLuciano Fabro "Italia Porta" (Italy Door)

George Condo "Mother Earthquake"George Condo "Mother Earthquake"

A unique installation that allows you to admire the contemporary art and ancient technology: one the left one of the first elevators ever built.

The earthquake in Irpinia in 1980

November 23, 1980. One of the worst earthquakes in Italy's history hits the Irpinia (in Campania) and Basilicata. The earthquake of magnitude 6.8 on the Richter scale, caused more than 2500 dead, 8000 injured and about 300.000 homeless. Some municipalities close to the epicenter - including Sant'Angelo dei Lombardi, Lioni, Conza della Campania, Muro Lucano - were almost destroyed, others badly damaged.

More infos: The earthquake in Irpinia - Wikipedia

 

 
 

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List of the Artworks

A

  • JEAN-MICHEL ALBEROLA
    "1907" - bronze sculpture, photo and text
  • SIEGFRIED ANZINGER
    "Erdbeben (Earthquake)" - oil on canvas

B

  • MIQUEL BARCELO’
    “L’ombra che trema” – Mixed technique on canvas
  • DOMENICO BIANCHI
    “No title” – oil and wax on glass fiber
  • CHRISTIAN BOLTANSKI
    “No title” – room and silver objects
  • JAMES BROWN
    “Eleven portraits of Buddha” – wooden sarcophagus on a copper base 

C

  • CHEMA COBO
    “Journey to no end” – oil on canvas
  • TONY CRAGG
    “No title” – lava and wood
  • TONY CRAGG
    “Moonshadow” – mixed materials
  • RONNIE CUTRONE
    “You run to the sea, the sea wilI be boiling – You run to the rocks, the rocks will be melting” – acrylic on the Naples’s flag

D

  • BRACO DIMITRIJEVIC
    “The causal passer-by” – photo on emulsified canvas

F

  • SERGIO FERMARIELLO
    “No title” – acrylic on wood

G

  • PIERO GILARDI
    “Autogobierno” – moltoprene and natural latex

H

  • PETER HALLEY
    “Black cell with conduit” – acrylic on canvas

K

  • ANSELM KIEFER
    “Et la terre tremble encore, d’avoir vu la fuite des géants” – oil and terracotta on canvas
  • MILAN KUNC
    “Earthquake silenzioso” – oil on canvas

L

  • BERTRAND LAVIER
    “No title” – acrylic on book and wood
  • FRANCISCO LEIRO
    “Eva scacciata dal Paradiso” – painted wood
  • ROBERT LLIMÒS
    “No title” – oil on canvas
  • NINO LONGOBARDI
    “No title” – Mixed technique on canvas

M

  • ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
    “Jack with crown”
  • ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
    “Jill Chapman”
  • DAVID McDERMOTT & PETER McGOUGH
    “Opium Smokers Dream” – oil on linen
  • SILVIO MERLINO
    “Trofeo con piantina” – Mixed technique on canvas
  • OTTO MUEHL
    “Incidenti domestici” – acrylic on canvas

O

  • OSWALD OBERHUBER
    “No title” – Mixed technique on canvas
  • JULIAN OPIE
    “Books”shaped and painted sheet

P

  • MIMMO PALADINO
    “Re uccisi al decadere della forza” – Mixed technique on linen paper
  • GIULIO PAOLINI
    “L’altra figura”two plaster copies of the Ephebe Marathon on wooden bases
  • A.R. PENCK
    “Erdbeben im Bierkeller I – II” – acrylic on two canvas
  • GIANNI PISANI
    “La credenza”
  • VETTOR PISANI
    “L’isola azzurra” – polimateric sculpture
  • MICHELANGELO PISTOLETTO
    “Annunciazione Terrae Motus” – two mirroring paintings

R

  • ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG
    “West-ho Go (Glut)” – assembled metal
  • GERHARD RICHTER
    “Static” – oil on canvas

S

  • DAVID SALLE
    “No title” – Mixed technique on canvas and lead
  • JULIÃO SARMENTO
    “Earthquake” – acrylic and collage on canvas
  • JULIAN SCHNABEL
    “Veronica’s veil” – oil and animal skin on  blue velvet
  • MARIO SCHIFANO
    “Sussulto” – acrylic on canvas
  • PETER SCHUYFF
    “No title” – acrylic on linen
  • THOMAS STIMM
    “No title” – terracotta on a wooden base

T

  • PHILIP TAAFE
    “Mangrove” – Mixed technique on canvas
  • ERNESTO TATAFIORE
    “23 novembre 1980” – acrylic on canvas board and wood
  • CY TWOMBLY
    “No title” – Mixed technique on canvas

V

  • GER VAN ELK
    “Discovery of the Sardines” – two photos
  • EMILIO VEDOVA
    “… Also ob.. ‘84 – I” – oil on canvas

W

  • ANDY WARHOL
    “Fate presto” – acrylic and serigraphy on 3 canvas
  • BILL WOODROW
    “Fruit of the city”metal box and wooden barrel
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