In the historical heart of Naples, the three floors of the 19th-century Palazzo Donnaregina host the Madre: 7,200 m2 of exhibition space, with site-specific installations, as well as works from the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.

Via Settembrini, 79

MADRE, Museum of contemporary Art DonnaREgina, is located in the heart of old Naples, on what is known as the “Via dei Musei,” just a stone’s throw away from the Duomo, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and the Accademia di Belle Arti (Galleria d’Arte Moderna), where the ancient San Lorenzo district is situated.

Dating back to the 19th century the building is an outstanding example of historical stratification, which is characteristic of the historical district of Naples.

Purchased in 2005 by the Campania Region to be turned into a Contemporary Art Museum, it was leased free of charge for use by the Donnaregina Foundation. The building was restored and refurbished as a museum to a design by the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Veira, 2012 Gold Lion for lifetime achievement. Thanks to the collaboration of the Studio DAZ-Dumontet Antonini Zaske, associate architects of Naples, in addition to the section almost entirely dedicated to exhibitions, an auditorium, a bookstore, teaching rooms and a restaurant with cafeteria were also built, for a total of 7,200 square meters, 2,662 of which destined to be used for the different exhibition levels.

On June 10, 2005 the Madre inaugurated its spaces with the opening of site-specific installations in the rooms on the first floor; between 2005 and 2006 the whole building was completed, and the rooms on the second floor were opened to the public. These rooms host part of the collection, while the rooms on the third floor are used for temporary exhibitions.

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Via Settembrini, 79

Past Exhibitions
Daniel Buren: come un gioco da bambini
The Madre museum presents the first of the projects that in 2015 will be specially commissioned from...
24 Apr 2015 - 31 May 2015
Sturtevant Sturtevant at Madre
Sturtevant Sturtevant is the first solo exhibition in an Italian public institution devoted to Sturtevant...
01 May 2015 - 21 Sep 2015
Sol LeWitt: The Artist and His Artists
The exhibition Sol LeWitt. The Artist and His Artists at MADRE museum in Naples is the first tribute...
14 Dec 2012 - 01 Apr 2013
Daniel Buren: axer / désaxer. lavoro in situ
Two projects have been specially commissioned by the Madre museum in 2015 from the French artist Daniel...
10 Oct 2015 - 07 Apr 2016
Camille Henrot: Milk Moon
The moon has always affected our planet, our moods, our imagination and our history. Ever since ancient...
02 Jul 2016 - 03 Oct 2016
Mimmo Jodice: Attesa 1960-2016
Museo Madre announces “Attesa. 1960-2016” , the largest retrospective exhibition ever dedicated...
24 Jun 2016 - 24 Oct 2016
Fabio Mauri: Retrospettiva a Luce Solida
“Retrospettiva a luce solida (Retrospective in solid light)” is the title of the monographic...
26 Nov 2016 - 06 Mar 2017
Roberto Cuoghi: Perla Pollina, 1996-2016
The museum is dedicating a mid-career retrospective devoted to Roberto Cuoghi (Modena, 1973). The exhibition...
27 May 2017 - 18 Sep 2017
Stephen Prina: English for Foreigners
This is the first institutional solo show within an Italian museum by the American artist  (Galesburg,...
15 May 2017 - 16 Oct 2017
Wade Guyton: Siamo Arrivati
This is the first solo show by the American artist within an Italian institution. The artist is showcasing...
15 May 2017 - 11 Sep 2017
Robert Mapplethorpe: Choreography for an Exhibition
The exhibition dedicated to the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe coincides with the 30th anniversary...
15 Dec 2018 - 08 Apr 2019
Liam Gillick: Standing on Top of a Building: Films 2008-2019
Museo Madre hosts the first retrospective dedicated exclusively to the video-film production by Liam...
22 Jun 2019 - 14 Oct 2019
Zena el Khali: Astarte’s Cosmic Symphony
The Fondazione Donnaregina for contemporary art presents the exhibition ‘Astarte’s Cosmic Symphony’...
19 Oct 2019 - 11 Nov 2019