The Madre Museum is a contemporary art gallery not far from the Archeological Museum and houses many important works of art by many international artists.

Originally the building was a private residence, Palazzo Donnaregina, named from the monastery nearby, built in the 13th century and then modified by Queen Maria of Hungary, wife of king Charles II Anjou.  In the 18th century the palace was bought by the Bank of Napoli which made many changes to the structure adding two more wings and positioning the main entrance at street level.  During the 19th century,  but in 2001 there was a devastating flood and the building was completely abandoned. 

In 2005, the Regione Campania (Council of Campania) purchased the building in order to create a space for contemporary art and established the Donnaregina Foundation, which worked for the restoration and conservation of the palace. The works were undertaken by the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. 

Between 2005 and 2006 the floors housing the permanent collection and the temporary exhibitions opened.

Italian and international artists are exhibited in the permanent collection, such as Marina Abramović, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Damien Hirst, Sol LeWitt, Jeff Koons, Mimmo Paladino, Richard Long, Gilbert & George, Lucio Fontana, Jannis Kounellis, Anish Kapoor, Francesco Clemente, Rebecca Horn, Mario Merz, and Olafur Eliasson. 

The famous installation by Michelangelo Pistoletto,  Venus of the Rags , 1967.

The famous installation by Michelangelo Pistoletto, Venus of the Rags, 1967.

Measuring the clouds.

Measuring the clouds.



Official wesite: Madre Museum

Via Settembrini, 79 - 80139 Napoli

Tel. +39 081 197 37 254 / +39 344 130 130 6


Tickets: € 8 / Reduced: €4      

Free entry Mondays and every first Sunday of the month.

Closed Tuesdays.

Opening hours:  Mon - Sat 10.00 - 19.30 / Sun 10.00 - 20.00

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