1980 IRPINIA EARTHQUAKE

WARHOL IN NAPLES – TERRAE MOTUS COLLECTION

It was November 23rd 1980 when a 90-second earthquake destroyed many lives, assets and the historic cultural heritage that struck throughout Irpinia-Basilicata (Southern Italy)

The 6.9-magnitude quake injured over 10,000 people, caused 3,000 casualties and left more than 300,000 homeless throughout the regions of Campania, Basilicata and Puglia.

Many localities in the Salerno, Avellino and Potenza provinces were nearly completely destroyed.

The strongest seismic event of the last 80 years was felt throughout Italy, including Sicily, Emilia Romagna and Liguria in the North.

 

Devastating images of the aftermath shocked people not only throughout Italy but the world.

Reports quoted that many lives could not be saved due to complicated delays

it took up to 48 hours for rescuers to reach some of the worst-hit areas.

The tragic situation aroused exceptional solidarity and much response from the art world…

 

The Neapolitan gallery owner Lucio Amelio commissioned works to create the TERRAE MOTUS Collection by stimulating a group of contemporary artists on this theme.

On November 26th 1980 the “Il Mattino” newspaper headlined the front-page with “Fate presto” – literally Hurry up, referring to the population of Irpinia and needs of urgent aid…

The Collection is currently being revised for a new exhibition open to the public (when restrictions ease) – keep tuned!)

 

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My Country magazine – Naples, Italy (December 2020)