Naples and the South – an exhibition in the Neue Pinakothek, Munich


When you hear the word Naples, you immediately picture the “dolce far niente”, the enjoyment of good food, the love for life or the cliché of the sunny south. The exhibition in the Neue Pinakothek offers the opportunity to get to know Naples and southern Italy in photographs from famous photographers of the 19th century.

The photographs show landscapes of Sorrent and Capri, famous antique cities like Pompeji and offer highly interesting impressions of everyday life in southern Italy. Lazzaroni, survival artists, swimming children or the noble society: Naples was a place of contrasts and extremes. The photographs, taken between 1846 and at the turn of the 20th century, offer a fascinating view of the meanwhile lost lifeworlds and realities. Duration of the exhibition: until February 26th, 2012

Photo: Giorgio Sommer, Macaroni Factory, around 1875 © Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen / Siegert Collection