Fondazione Morra Greco‘s commitment to artists – whether emerging or established, local or international – is certainly a very important part of the rich multidisciplinary activity it has been carrying out for several years now.
One of the Foundation’s initiatives in this sense took place in the last week of July: in fact, Fondazione Morra Greco hosted in Naples three artists – Mark Dion, Dana Sherwood and Alexis Rockman – and a writer, Dorothy Spears, to support them in a research project.
During their time in Naples, the American artists and writer had the opportunity to develop different levels of reflection on the theme of the human-nature relationship, thanks also to the mobilization of the scientific, artistic and museum heritage of the Naples area: in fact, in addition to exploring the city, Dion, Sherwood, Rockman and Spears were able to make in-depth visits to the collections of some of the most relevant cultural institutions in the area, also studying the artifacts preserved in the deposits (where possible) and archives.
Several institutions were involved: the Anton Dohrn Zoological Station and its Historical Archives, the Dohrn Foundation, MUSA – the University Museum of Science and the Arts of the Università degli Studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, MANN – the National Archaeological Museum of Naples and the Museums of Natural and Physical Sciences of the University of Naples Federico II.
Accompanied by the Fondazione Morra Greco, Dion, Sherwood, Rockman and Spears were also able to dialogue with university professors who are experts in different fields of study, from archaeology to mythology to zoology, thus touching on a good part of the areas of knowledge related to nature. Not surprisingly, the works of the three artists are united by the desire to investigate, in different ways and sensibilities, the intervention and impact of man on the environment, animals and processes of nature.
With this visit, Fondazione Morra Greco, in line with its mission, continued to develop relationships with contemporary artists, contributing to their artistic research.
“With some artists such as Mark Dion we already have a well-established relationship; in 2014 we promoted his debut in a Neapolitan museum, as part of Fondazione Donnaregina’s Project XXI. It is a prestige for us to host him and Rockman, Sherwood and Spears, who boast collaborations and works all over the world. Their visit will also allow us to continue in our efforts to connect museum facilities in the area”, explained Maurizio Morra Greco, President of the Foundation.
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