The Capodimonte Museum and the Anton Dohrn Zoological Station are immersed in art

The Museum and Real Bosco di Capodimonte and the Anton Dohrn Zoological Station – National Institute of Biology, Ecology and Marine Biotechnology launch “Immersioni nell’arte”, a series of in-depth studies on their respective official social channels to tell the story of the marine fauna and flora of the Mediterranean , the characteristics of the Gulf of Naples, the myths and the sirens, the scientific curiosities that emerge from a selection of works among the many kept in Capodimonte, from painting to sculpture, from applied arts to drawing: 12 appointments for 12 posts with curated contents in synergy between the art experts of the Museum and the marine biologists of the SZN, published over the course of a year simultaneously on Facebook and Instagram.

The column kicks off on Monday 22 March 2021, on the occasion of World Water Day – World Water Day with the work Source (1908), pencil on paper by Vincenzo Gemito that provides an opportunity to talk about the sustainable use of a resource that is fundamental for the survival of all living species on the planet, heavily impacted by climate change and anthropogenic activities. Approximately 70% of the Earth is, in fact, covered by the oceans, knowing and safeguarding the sea means understanding and protecting the dynamics that guarantee life. The work also shows a lifeless shark: sharks – an image of pure power and efficiency – often emphasized in the role of super predators and proposed as dangerous and aggressive, actually represent the symbol of the fragility of the sea, victims of fish overfishing and often illegal trade in their fins.

Born Source by Vincenzo Gemito (Naples 1852 – 1929), pencil drawing on paper from 1908, from the collection of the collector and his great admirer Achille Minozzi, portrays a Neapolitan dipper, who with his right hand holds a vase in clay, called ‘mummara’ in dialect jargon and with the left he holds a vase of the same shape, but smaller and upside down a ‘mummarella’. The sea of ​​Naples is the background. While at the feet of the young man a small shark can be recognized. The Museum and Real Bosco di Capodimonte, in collaboration with the Petit Palais in Paris, recently dedicated two exhibitions to the artist in Paris (Gemito. The sculptor of the Neapolitan soul, 15 October 2019 – 26 January 2020) and in Naples (Gemito, from sculpture to drawing, 15 September – 15 November 2020).

The protagonists of the subsequent events are Luca Giordano, Giacinto Gigante and many other artists present in the prestigious collections of Capodimonte.

The idea is promoted by the Museum and Real Bosco di Capodimonte, directed by Sylvain Bellenger, and by the CAPE – Department of Marine Animals Conservation & Public Engagement of the SZN, directed by Claudia Gili.

The true history of art embraces all the branches of knowledge, from the humanistic to the scientific, which is why I am particularly proud of this collaboration with Anton Dohrn Zoological Station. I’m sure this interdisciplinary approach will bring a new look at our works of art and a greater knowledge of the collections ” says Sylvain Bellenger, director of the Museum and Real Bosco di Capodimonte.

We are thrilled -Comments Claudia Gili, director of CAPE SZN- to initiate a dialogue between marine sciences and art through a dissemination initiative that connects the skills of two bodies of absolute value: Capodimonte as an undisputed center of culture, promoter of a national and international vision of art, and our institute which is among the most prolific in the world in the field of marine research. We share a multidisciplinary and inclusive approach to knowledge, transversal to the sciences, which is why the collaboration started with Immersioni nell’Arte will be only the first step of a path that will see Capodimonte and the SZN walk together through a series of common projects”.


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