The Napoli Explosion exhibition at the Real Bosco di Capodimonte in Naples

opera Napoli Explosion

Inaugurated today, at Cellaio in Real Bosco di Capodimonte, the exhibition “Naples Explosion” by Mario Amura, curated by General Director Sylvain Bellenger, presents itself as a one-of-a-kind event.

Through the photography fusion, painting e pyrotechnic art, this exhibition becomes a New Year's gift that the Museum of Capodimonte offers to the city of Napoli. As Bellenger explains, “Napoli Explosion” is more than just an exhibition: it is a visual dialogue that celebrates the city and its culture through the eyes of an exceptional artist.

The Napoli Explosion exhibition

The “Naples Explosion” exhibition presents 37 works of great visual impact, the result of a long project over 13 years by the renowned photographer Mario Amura. These works, which are configured as real photographic paintings, capture the spectacular celebration of fireworks which animates the Gulf of Naples on New Year's Eve.

Amura, through his lens, has been able to transform these moments into scenes that transcend simple photography, becoming artistic expressions that blend reality and fantasy.

Mario Amura describes his experience as a way to exorcise fear of Vesuvius, transforming the energy of the volcano into an explosion of light and colour. Every December 31st, he ventures on Monte Faito with a crew of friends to immortalize this unique exorcism against the forces of nature.

His works, despite being photographic reports, take on a quality extraordinarily pictorial, where fireworks transform into nebulae, animals, starscapes.

Vesuvius for Amura

In “Naples Explosion”, the Vesuvio is revisited: traditionally represented in the colors of lava and eruption, in Amura's works it takes on a different role. The volcano appears like asilent shadow, contrasting with the vivid representations in the works of artists such as Turner, Marlow and Warhol. Here, it is submerged not by lava, but by the explosion of light and color of the New Year's Eve celebrations.

Details on the exhibition: how long will it remain in Naples?

The “Napoli Explosion” exhibition by Mario Amura, inaugurated on 14 December 2023, takes place in the evocative space of Cellar in the Royal Forest of Capodimonte. This unique cultural experience will remain open to the public until 1 April 2024, offering an extraordinary perspective on the city of Naples and its celebration through the art of fireworks. The entrance is sweeper, making the event accessible to all those who wish to immerse themselves in this fusion of art, photography and Neapolitan tradition.

Opening Times and Accessibility:

  • Date: From 14 December 2023 to 1 April 2024
  • Location: Cellaio in the Royal Forest of Capodimonte, Naples
  • Free admission
  • Opening: Every day except Wednesday
  • Opening hours: From 10.00 to 16.00 (last access at 15.30)
  • Where: Real Bosco di Capodimonte
  • When: from Thursday 14 December 2023 to Monday 01 April 2024
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Written by Andrew Navarro
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