“Castelli in Aria”

Castel Sant'Elmo

THE FORTRESS OF CASTEL SANT'ELMO, built in Angevin times and enlarged during the sixteenth century, is located on the hilltop of the Vomero, next to the extraordinary monument of the Certosa di San Martino. When you get there you feel as if you've climbed over the clouds. From its many terraces and windows the fortress offers precisely the spellbinding view of the bay that comes to mind when one thinks of Naples. The title “Castelli in Aria: Arte a Napoli di Fine Millennio” (Castles in the air: Art in Naples at the end of the millennium), not only points to the somewhat surreal site of the museum, but says something about the intentions of its curators, who are evidently aware of how ambitious they are in putting on a show like this—one that tries to conjure visions. With it, Nicola Spinosa, head of the Soprintendenza per i Beni Artistici e Storici, and Angela Tecce, chief curator of

to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and receive the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the PRINT EDITION of the September 2000 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.