Fondazione Morra Greco promotes and develops contemporary culture, supporting the vision of international and local artists, both emerging and established.
The origin of the Foundation is Collezione Morra Greco, which began in the 1990’s and thus far includes over a thousand works by around two hundred contemporary artists.
The Foundation’s headquarters is Palazzo Caracciolo di Avellino, a sixteen-century building located in the heart of the historical centre of Naples.
Both as a centre of production and as an exhibition space, the Foundation engages in a constant dialogue with the territory of Regione Campania. Through its residency program, the exhibiting artists are invited to develop new projects that directly result from both their experience in Naples and their relation to the exhibition spaces of Palazzo Caracciolo di Avellino.
The interaction with the territory develops jointly with the communities that inhabit it. The Foundation organises workshops in order to promote cultural regeneration and educational opportunities within the local community.
Largo Proprio di Avellino, the public square located in front of the Palazzo, is also used as a site for exhibitions and events, highlighting the symbiosis between the Foundation and the city and the social impact of this relationship, which is the Foundation’s primary purpose.
Fondazione Morra Greco is committed to becoming a truly open space for people to meet and encounter contemporary art and each other.
Entrance is always free.
The Foundation was established in Naples in 2003 by the dentist Maurizio Morra Greco.
Since opening in 2006 with an exhibition by Gregor Schneider, the Foundation has hosted an intensive program of residencies, exhibitions, performances. Guest curators have been invited to work within the Foundation’s spaces and off-site events and exhibitions have been organized, engaging in a dialogue with national and international institutions.
Since 2008 it stands as the first and only foundation in Italy ruled by a mixture of public and private governance, with the Regional Office of Campania on its board.
From 2015 to 2019 Palazzo Caracciolo di Avellino underwent a renovation, restoration and renewal with the financial contribution of POIn “Attrattori Culturali, Naturali e Turismo” (FESR) 2007-2013 through the Regional Office of Campania. Two additional floors have been opened to the public for a total of 2000 square meters of exhibition space distributed over five levels, each revealing a remarkable variation of art-historical richness.
In 2019, Fondazione Morra Greco will reopen to the public with the aim of reinforcing the relationship between artists and the local context, consolidating its mission as a space dedicated to the creation and production of contemporary art. The programme is enriched with a number of presentations, lectures, screenings, and music events through a multidisciplinary approach devoted to promote contemporary culture in all its forms.
Elena Filipovic \\ Director Kunsthalle, Basel
Luigi Fassi \\ Director Man, Nuoro
Jörg Heiser \\ Director Institut Für Kunst Im Kontext, Udk, Berlin
Francesco Manacorda \\ Director V-A-C Foundation, Moscow
Heike Munder \\ Director Migros Museum, Zurich