It grows on you, with the energy that contemporary art can bring.It is very popular, intellectually more complex, and has deep cultural roots.” Celebrating his one-year anniversary in Naples, Bellenger calls this “The Year of Capodimonte,” stating his goal to elevate visitor numbers to one million a year.This impressive former monastery complex has been turned into a fascinating museum.At its centre is one of the coolest cloisters in Italy.“There are the American Friends of Versailles, Venice, and the Louvre, and when Sylvain Bellenger, formerly of the Art Institute and now Director of Capodimonte, asked me to start the American Friends, I was ready to refuse. The exceptional core group of Italian Renaissance painting was brought to Capodimonte in 1735 by Charles VII, who inherited the renowned Farnese collection.” Working with Chicago pals Laurie and Jim Bay and Julius Lewis, the American Friends was incorporated as a non-profit recently, thus allowing tax-deductible donations from Americans.Then I visited with my wife, Linda, and daughter Esther and saw a collection that was second to none. Laurie, a lover of the old masters, couldn’t resist the opportunity to volunteer.Spend some time soaking up great views, Baroque masterpieces and work by Naples’ greatest 17th-century artists.You'll go photo mad at this medieval fortress on a hilltop near the Certosa di San Martino, with equally excellent views over Naples from the Piazza d'Armi - its roof. This regal looking museum is a formal royal home, crammed with extravagant lighting fixtures, decadent chandeliers, and ornate mirrors.
For example, some products have a ticket type 'Child', which is specifically for children.Re-establishing the view from the park to Naples below, reorganizing the collection, providing trolley buses to take visitors up the steep hill, and researching ways to get around Italian bureaucracy are on his ambitious list.In honor of his first year and all the great work he has done so far, we were eager to pose a few questions about Capodimonte to Bellenger and learn more about his work there. That it is so splendid and that it is in Naples—this part of the world is now being discovered.Some payment options are specific to the language and currency combination you use when ordering tickets. See the section titled 'Instructions' on the product page for more information on this.
Download the Tiqets app to get access to your tickets on your phone - even when offline.Remember to bring a valid ID to the venue if you've purchased a discounted ticket.We support popular payment methods used across the globe, notably Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, Alipay and i Deal.Before telling us about Capodimonte, he talked about Chicago’s beloved crèche, now attracting so many visitors. This is a work that brings a spontaneous joy and curiosity.