Royal Palace

Terrae Motus Collection


The Terrae Motus Collection, compiled after the seismic events that devastated Campania and Basilicata on 23 November 1980, is the result of the initiative and long-sightedness of the famous Neapolitan gallery owner Lucio Amelio (1931-1994). On his request, a number of contemporary artists from various backgrounds, such as Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, Mimmo Paladino and Michelangelo Pistoletto, created a work to respond to the catastrophic events, prompting reflection on themes of seismic destruction and on the contribution that art can make to reconstruction. Made up of more than 70 pieces, since 1994 the Terrae Motus Collection has been exhibited with periodic rotations in the eighteenth-century apartments of the Palace of Caserta, based on a logic which aims to integrate contemporary artwork into the historic and precious decorative setting of the palace.