The exhibition is part of the schedule of the event “Illuminiamo i monumenti dentro e fuori” (“Lighting the monuments inside and out”), promoted by the city of Naples. The exhibition aims to show the possibilities of utopia in the Naples Metropolitan Area.
“Flying on Megalopolis. Napoli Città Metropolitana “
October 29, 2015 – January 7, 2016
Curated by Cherubino Gambardella
Main cloister of the monumental complex of Santa Maria la Nova
Piazza Santa Maria Nova 44
“Utopia – says the curator, Cherubino Gambardella – is not something completely detached from reality, often the reality absorbs parts of utopia”. Therefore, the eleven architects who participate were asked to formulate utopian visions for the city of Naples. Each of these visions is available in two ways: one-dimensional -the drawings- and two-dimensional, through explanatory models in the form of bas-reliefs.
The eleven imaginative projects are held together by a temporary structure in gilded wood, which -as an eighteenth century car- is integrated in the cloister of Santa Maria la Nova, bringing together and harmonizing the eleven parts of the story. Eleven “postcards” – defines Gambardella – sent from an imaginary place, that are also “a wish – he said – that these utopias become reality one day, as sometimes even unexpectedly, happens.”
The exhibition, in collaboration with the Provincial Order of Architects, aims to build an iconography of the metropolitan city of Naples through the modern history of its growth and its urban transformation. A story that appears dual: to every social, economic and environmental event that helps to build an image of the city, corresponds a number of accidental conditions that, in the end, draw the face of a city suspended in a permanent state of unfinished modernity.
The strategic role and the great potential related to Naples’s function of “port of the Mediterranean” have greatly amplified the ravages of World War II. Yet, being among the most bombed cities of Italy, it will be one of the first European cities to rise up against the Nazi occupation. To Naples Metropolitan City’s largest population density of 2606 inhabitants / km² corresponds one of the highest densities of monumental and cultural heritage around the world: religious complexes, churches, royal residences, palaces, monuments, castles, military architecture, archaeological remains , ancient villages, town centers, parks, landscape heritage and identity.
This undeniable unique condition, as a sort of contninuous monument, alive and inhabited , was also recognized by UNESCO, whichrecognized the entire historic center of Naples as World Heritage. In the subjective space that measures the distance between residence and work the metropolitan city challenges us today about the nature of its identity. The aim of the exhibition will be to encourage a collective reflection on the meaning of the Metropolitan City and possible strategies to identify and value the different souls of the same koinè.