Over the centuries, Capri’s charm and natural beauty has attracted artists and creative minds that not only chose the island as their adopted home, but also played an active role in preserving its natural history and historical artifacts. This is still evident today through the many museums, galleries, and cultural organizations that protect the island’s heritage. Here are ten of the best art galleries and museums you should visit while in Capri.
A place for experimentation and interaction with the public, Studio Lab is another project brought to life by the Liquid Art System group. Here, artists can test their audience’s reactions and the impact of their creativity on their chosen exhibition space and visitors.
Studio Lab, Via V.Emanuele 50, Capri, Italy, +39 081 837 88 28
White Room is part of Liquid Art System, a project aiming to create a network of contemporary galleries and art spaces where innovative artists from around the globe can exhibit. The gallery regularly showcases works in different mediums by artists from Italy, China, Canada and more. White Room in Capri has, to date, hosted unconventional portraits by Milanese painter Marco Grassi; rice paper installations on canvas by Chinese artist Zhuang Hong Yi and sculptures by South Tyrolese artist Mathias Verginer. Worth visiting for a flavour of contemporary art, White Room occupies a space a stone’s throw from the Giardini della Flora Caprense.
White Room, Vittorio Emanuele 56, Capri, Italy, +39 081 01 91 478
Villa San Michele
Built by the Swedish physician Axel Munthe, Villa S. Michele is home to more than 1,600 works of art, most of which are part of Munthe’s own private collection which includes archaeological artifacts from different cultures; Etruscan, Roman and Egyptian – and periods, ranging from 1250 AD until the beginning of the 19th century. Worth mentioning are the Egyptian sphinx in red and black granite from the period of Ramesses II, Swedish ceramics from the 19th century, sacred medieval art from the Neapolitan Renaissance period and personal medical objects that once belonged to the Swedish physician. In addition to its wide-ranging collection, Villa San Michele regularly hosts classical and opera concerts organised through its cultural institute.
Villa San Michele, V.le Axel Munthe 34, Anacapri, Capri, Italy, +39-081-8371401
American Civil War general J.C. MacKowen built Casa Rossa (‘the Red House’) at the end of the 19th century. In addition to being one of the most eclectic buildings in Capri, Casa Rossa also holds MacKowen’s artifact collection, found and collected across the island. The permanent collection, L’isola Dipinta (‘The painted island’), presents 32 paintings from various artists such as Barret, De Montalant, Carabain, Hay, Casciaro and Vianelli, illustrating daily life in Capri between the 19th and 20th centuries. Casa Rossa also regularly hosts temporary exhibitions by guest artists.
Casa Rossa, Via G. Orlandi 78, Capri, Italy, + 39 081/8382193
Charterhouse of San Giacomo
The Capri Foundation has been actively promoting the culture of Capri both at home and in other countries (Mexico, South Africa, and Turkey) through a series of curatorial collaborations and exhibitions. With others, the Foundation has been in charge of organizing the Photographic Festival at the Charterhouse of San Giacomo. The festival has displayed works by prominent photographers such as Francesco Jodice, Olivo Barbieri, Ferdinando Scianna, Irene Kung and Giovanni Gastel. Each edition focuses on exploring the photographic language applied to describe the history, culture and heritage of Capri.
Charterhouse of San Giacomo, Via Certosa 1, Capri, Italy, +39 081 837 6218
Gallery Laetitia Cerio
Laetitia Cerio, granddaughter of Ignazio Cerio, was the president the Centro Caprese. An artist herself, she was actively involved in the promotion of cultural activities and the incorporation of national and international artists in Capri. The Gallery Laetitia Cerio continues to organize contemporary art exhibitions.
Gallery Laetitia Cerio, Piazzetta Cerio 11, first floor, Capri, Italy
Villa Marina Capri Hotel
As part of its rich event program, which includes talks, music and festivals, Villa Marina Capri Hotel brings to Capri contemporary photography and sculpture exhibitions by internationally known artists like Erika Calestini, Fabio Donato, Piero Mastroberadino and Lucio e Peppe Perone.
Villa Marina Capri Hotel, Via Prov. Marina Grande 191, Capri, Italy, +39 081 8376630
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