11th Contemporary Art Day

AMACIAssociation of Italian Contemporary Art Museums, a nonprofit organization founded in 2003 with the aim of promoting modern and contemporary art in Italy, comprising 26 of the most important Italian contemporary art museums, is organizing for the eleventh consecutive year its Contemporary Art Day to be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015. The doors of AMACI’s 26 member museums and about a thousand other institutions all over Italy will open their doors offering free admission to present artists and new ideas with exhibitions, workshops, events and lectures. A varied program of events will give the general public an opportunity to experience contemporary art up close and first hand.

Again this year the Madre museum (an AMACI member since 2013) is participating with a wide-ranging program, free of charge, of guided tours and educational workshops, marking the opening of the autumn exhibition season.

On October 10, three new exhibitions will open to the public: Daniel Buren. Axer / Désaxer. Lavoro in situ, 2015, Madre, Napoli – #2, curated by Andrea Viliani and Eugenio Viola (entrance, ground floor, until 4 July, 2016), Mark Leckey. DESIDERATA (in media res), in collaboration with WIELS, Brussels, and Haus der Kunst, Munich, curated by Elena Filipovic and Andrea Viliani (third floor right wing, until January 18, 2016), and Marco Bagnoli. La Voce. Nel giallo faremo una scala o due al bianco invisibile, within the ambit of L’ALBERO DELLA CUCCAGNA. Nutrimenti dell’arte, curated by Achille Bonito Oliva (second courtyard, until 29 February 2016).

This is the program of guided tours and workshops offered by the Madre museum’s Educational Services:

  • at 10.00 am

Famiglia Madre #2 – The Colors of Buren

The educational workshop Famiglia Madre #2 – The Colors of Buren is intended to guide children and their parents on a multi-sensory journey to discover the imagination of Daniel Buren, a French artist who with Axer/Désaxer. Work in situ, 2015, Madre, Naples – #2 is presenting the second of two works commissioned in the course of 2015 by the Madre museum and closely connected to the first (Comme un jeu d’enfant. Work in situ, 2014-2015, Madre, Naples – #1). The visit to the exhibition will be enhanced by short excerpts from children’s literature and small activities. At the end participants will present a performance inspired by the kaleidoscope of polychrome color and geometric forms of Axer/Désaxer in situ installation.

Admission to the museum free, activity free. Reservations required.


  • at 11.30 am

Guided tour with the director of the museum

A single visit to the three new exhibitions under the guidance of the director of the Madre museum Andrea Viliani, who will lead the public to discover Axer/Désaxer. Work in situ, 2015, Madre, Naples – #2, by Daniel Buren, and then move on to DESIDERATA (in medias res), the first solo exhibition in an Italian public institution dedicated to the British artist Mark Leckey, and then conclude with The voice. In yellow we will make one ladder or two in invisible white an intervention by Marco Bagnoli created in the ambit of the L’ALBERO DELLA CUCCAGNA. Nutrimenti dell’arte project, curated by Achille Bonito Oliva.

Admission to the museum free, activity free. Reservations required.



  • at 5.30 pm

Guided tour with the museum’s curator at large

Eugenio Viola, Curator at large of the museum will guide the public to discover Axer/Désaxer. Work in situ, 2015, Madre, Naples – #2, by the French artist Daniel Buren celebrating the relation between the museum and its public, the institution and its community. The group will then move to the second floor the museum for a walk among the most interesting works of Per_forming a collection, a project in five chapters devoted to the progressive establishment of the Madre museum’s permanent collection. Organized around a number of artists of different generations, taken as a whole, the Madre’s collection reconstructs the history and background of the artistic avant-gardes in Naples and Campania, a historical crossroads in the last fifty years of the most authoritative experimental research in all fields. Together, the exhibition of Daniel Buren and Per_forming a collection make it possible to discuss and share the identity and function of the museum today as an instrument of critical reflection, collective education and multiple narration, which the public, to whom the AMACI Contemporary Art Day is dedicated, is invited to participate actively.

Admission to the museum free, activity free. Reservations required.