[Exhibition] “Santiago Calatrava: In the Light of Naples” at Real Bosco di Capodimonte

The exhibition at Capodimonte, split between the Museum’s second floor and the Cellaio building of the Real Bosco, reinforces the exhibition’s title—Santiago Calatrava: In the Light of Naples—but also the artist’s love for the city, a city that can be probably called a cradle and an entrance to the Mediterranean, a crossroads of diverse cultures and civilizations.


Reggio Emilia – Stazione Mediopadana (2002-2004)  Photo © Santiago Calatrava Archive


The exhibition on Santiago Calatrava—architect, engineer, painter, sculptor draughtsman, all-around artist—arrives to Naples at the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte with four-hundred works, including sculptures, drawings, and models. Calatrava is a restless spirit always in search of a balance between volume and light, the two essential elements of his concept of architecture.


“Santiago Calatrava: In the Light of Naples”
6 December, 2019 – 10 May, 2020
Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte
Via Miano, 2, 80131 Napoli


The exhibition is curated by Sylvain Bellenger, the director of the Museo and Real Bosco di Capodimonte, and Robertina Calatrava, wife of the artist. It is supported by the Campania Region with the help of funds from the European Research Council’s Proof of Concept Complementary Operational Program 2014-2020. The exhibition is organized by Scabec, the regional society of cultural heritage, and executed in collaboration with the Calatrava Studio.


Venice – Quarto Ponte sul Canal Grande (1996-2008) Photo © Santiago Calatrava Archive

Rome – Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata (2005-) Photo © Santiago Calatrava Archive


In October, 2007, an ensemble of three bridges designed by Calatrava was inaugurated in Reggio nellà Emilia, near Bologna in Italy. These bridges are the first phase of a larger project, which will includes a new high-speed railway station and other infrastructure improvement program. Plans for the bridges originated in 2002 when the city of Reggio Emilia invited Calatrava to design a new train station “Stazione Mediopadana” for the TAV (Treno Alta Velocità ) highspeed railway line between Milan and Bologna. In addition, he was also commissioned to create a master plan for the city’s outskirt — a fragmented area called Mancasale —, to improve vehicular access and provide an impressive new gateway from the north.


Stadelhofen Station Zurich 1983 – 1990 pencil Photo © Santiago Calatrava Archive

Milwaukee – Milwaukee Art Museum (1994-2001) Photo © Santiago Calatrava Archive


Cosenza – Ponte sul Crati (2000-2018). To accommodate this difficult site, Calatrava suggested a cable-stayed bridge with a single inclined pylon rising above the urban surroundings. The steel main bridge deck itself spans over the river Crati, connecting Via Sant’Antonio dell’Orto/Contrada Gergeri with Via Reggio Calabria. The concrete side span in over passing the two tracks railway.


New York – WTC Transportation Hub (2003-2016) Photo © Santiago Calatrava Archive

Untitled, 2014, watercolor on handmade paper, Photo © Santiago Calatrava Archive

Stazione Mediopadana. Reggio nell’Emilia, the capital of the Emilia Romagna Province is today a progressive and prosperous city situated on Italy’s northern flat plain ‘Padana’. In 2002, the City of Reggio Emilia contracted Calatrava to create a new gateway to Reggio Emilia from the north. The program includes a new high-speed train station ‘Stazione di Bologna e Reggio Emilia AV Mediopadana’, a comprehensive master plan including bridges, a highway toll station and other infrastructure improvements that will facilitate access to the city. The three new bridges were inaugurated in 2007. Situated four kilometers north to the city center, the new Mediopadana Station will be the only stop for the Milano-Bologna high-speed railway line. As the city’s urban hub for various local and regional public transports, the new station will be a true transporation hub connecting the city with the rest of the world.


News source: Real Bosco di Capodimonte
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