Baechler, Brown, Bowes, Cutrone, Salle, Schuyff and Taaffe

Terrae Motus. Amelio's Collection at the Reggia di Caserta

Reggia di Caserta

Since 1992

In memory of the Nov. 23, 1980 tragedy that shook the regions of Campania and Basilicata, as well as the lives of thousands of people, the Reggia di Caserta Museum Institute, as explained on its official website, launched the Terrae Motus exhibition project in 1992. Terrae Motus is a single-issue contemporary art collection that includes the most important artists of the 1980s.
The collection was conceived by Neapolitan gallery owner Lucio Amelio, who called together the greatest artists of the time, both Italian and foreign, to transform the catastrophe of the earthquake into a creative force, placing it in direct dialogue with the rooms of the Royal Apartments.

The project, developed by Director General Tiziana Maffei in collaboration with Angela Tecce, an art historian and former MiBACT executive and curator of exhibitions of international significance, through a renewed and experimental contamination offers the power of contemporary art’s message to the general public in traditional routes.

Twenty-one of the seventy-two works, including some of the most iconic in the collection, reopen the dialogue with the royal rooms, experiencing the direct relationship with the King’s quarter, in the 19th-century wing, and the Crown Princes’ quarter, in the 18th-century wing.

The current stable museum arrangement offers the opportunity to see the entire collection, with a tour of the sumptuous 18th-century historic apartments, and allows for reflection on the relationship between contemporary art and institutions. This is a highly topical issue that sees the direct commitment of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities to the creation in Rome of the National Center for Contemporary Arts, a new institution-which includes the Museum of 21st Century Arts and the Museum of Architecture-that is completely dedicated, with broad definition, to contemporary artistic expression.

Among the works on display in what the Skira website describes as one of the most important public collections of contemporary art in Italy, are canvases by Donald Baechler, James Brown, David Bowes, Ronnie Cutrone, David Salle, Peter Schuyff and Philip Taaffe.


– Terrae Motus | 40 anni, Reggia di Caserta, , data di consultazione 27 febbraio 2024.
– La Collezione Terrae Motus, Reggia di Caserta Unofficial, , data di consultazione 27 febbraio 2024.
– Terrae Motus. La collezione Amelio alla Reggia di Caserta, Skira, , data di consultazione 27 febbraio 2024.
– Il nuovo allestimento della collezione Amelio, Napoli Repubblica, Antonio Ferrara, Riccardo Siano, , 26 maggio 2016.