12.05. - 21.08.2022

Napoli Super Modern

Everyone seems ‘to know’ Naples, even those who have never been there: its setting, its sounds, its people, its tastes, its informality and, not least, its stories, shaped by the fervour with which the inhabitants live this city. As numerous as these narratives are reproduced in literature, music, or film, countless stories about eras, styles, and uses also overlap in the city's architecture. To avoid being drawn in by stereotypes, guides are needed to decipher this delightful cacophony. 

In the exhibition ‘Napoli Super Modern’ ,this task is taken on by the Parisian practice LAN (Benoit Jallon and Umberto Napolitano). In their eponymous research project, the architects, together with photographer Cyrille Weiner, draw attention to a series of buildings from the period 1930–1960. A timespan in which Italy’s architecture was marked by Fascism and post-war reconstruction, but in Naples also brought forward a highly contextualized form of Modernism. 

In addition, the city, its inhabitants, and their coexistence are portrayed in the exhibition through the media of documentary and film. Bêka & Lemoine record an urban journey through Naples, from the Lungomare through steep alleys up to Mount Vesuvius. The film program accompanying the exhibition at the Stadtkino Basel (May 1 to June 20, 2022), curated by Salvatore Aprea (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) and Barbara Tirone (Maison de l‘Architecture de Genève), focuses on the perception of Naples from the inside, conveying the city through the eyes and feelings of its protagonists.

Photos: © Tom Bisig

Exhibition flyer: here

Supporters ‘Napoli Super Modern’:

Consolato d'Italia Basilea

Exhibition Partners:
Instituto Italiano di Cultura, Zurigo
Stadtkino Basel
Architekturwoche Basel 2022
Schlegel & Co AG

S AM Supporters:
Abteilung Kultur des Kantons Basel-Stadt
Christoph Merian Stiftung

S AM Sponsor:
ComputerWorks AG

S AM Partners:
Levante Software
Karl Bubenhofer AG
Gremper AG

Accompanying Programme

Accompanying film program ‘Napoletani’ at the Stadtkino Basel
curated by Salvatore Aprea and Barbara Tirone
Further information: www.stadtkinobasel.ch

11/5/2022, 6–8 PM 
Public Preview with LAN, Cyrille Weiner and Bêka & Lemoine

11/5/2022, 8 PM 
Public Opening with contributions by Andreas Ruby, S AM;  
Andreas Kofler, S AM; Pietro Maria Paolucci, Italian Consul in Basel; 
Umberto Napolitano, LAN and further guests. 
Public Preview and Opening of the exhibition ‘Napoli Super Modern’ 
are official parts of the program of the Architekturwoche Basel (AWB) 2022 

12/5/ (D), 23/6/ (E), 7/7/ (I), 4/8/ (F) 18/8/2022 (D), 6 PM
Guided tours through the exhibition ‘Napoli Super Modern’ 
Costs: CHF 12.- / red. CHF 8.-, guided tour free of charge

18/5/2022, 4.15–5.45 PM
The ‘Napoli Super Modern’ exhibition: an introduction for teachers
Registration: education@sam-basel.org

20/5/2022, 6 PM–02 AM
Museum Night: ‘Napoli Super Modern’ 
With Music & Videos by LIBERATO / Francesco Lettieri, workshops, short guided tours
Courtesy of the artist and Agenzia Pietrosanti.
The screening of the videos is made possible by project partner EPF Lausanne.

12/6/2022, 3–4 PM
Family tour ‘A trip to Napoli’

30/6/2022 (E), 7 PM
Lecture by Umberto Napolitano (LAN, Paris): 
‘A Vademecum Of “City Making”’, 
In collaboration with Urban Studies, 
The University of Basel 
Place: Alte Universität, Rheinsprung 9,  Basel

4/7/2022 (E), 6 PM
‘Modern Otherwise’ 
Roundtabel Discussion with F.A.T. (Forum for Architecture Theory) 
and Elli Mosayebi

6/7/ & 20/7/2022, 9 AM–5 PM
Summer Holiday for children ‘Holiday greetings from S AM
– from Basel to Napoli and back!’
Costs: CHF 50 per child/day
Registration: Basler Ferienpass

10/8/2022, 10 AM-12 PM
Wednesday-Matinée in the S AM
Costs: CHF 10.-, red. CHF 5.-

21/8/2022, 3 PM
Tandem-Tour: ‘Kultur unter einem Dach’
S AM & Kunsthalle Basel

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Opening: 18/10/2024, 7 PM

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Curators: Roxane Le Grelle, Andreas Kofler (S AM)​

An exhibition of S AM Swiss Architecture Museum in cooperation with the
Bouwmeester Maître Architecte (BMA) and with support of Brussels Capital Region.