The mother is the first contemporary art museum located in the historic centre of Naples. The Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza has transformed the ancient palazzo Donnaregina in a functional, modern space for contemporary art. In the heart of Naples, where hidden beats the soul of the city, just a short walk from the Cathedral and from the treasure of San Gennaro, the presence of the MADRE Museum is also an opportunity to redraw the tourist vocation of a neighborhood rich in social values to retrieve and cultural heritage to be rediscovered.
In March 2003 the Ministry for cultural heritage and activities and the Unified Conference of regions and local authorities sign the Pact for contemporary art, to facilitate the increase of public property, by a network of centres of excellence for the promotion of contemporary art. In accordance with the provisions of this agreement, in 2005 the region Campania Donnaregina Palace buys with European Community funds with the intent to be the first regional Museum in Campania can deal with museum institutions at international level. The June 10, 2005 the MOTHER opens its spaces with the opening of the site-specific installations in the rooms of the first floor. Follows, in December 2005, the opening of the historic collection housed on the second floor. Finally, in April 2006 the great anthological exhibition dedicated to Jannis Kounellis marks the public opening of the third-floor rooms for temporary exhibitions.
In his collection there are works of the most important contemporary artists, Italian and international cuisine: Jeff Koons, Anish Kapoor, Mimmo Paladino, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Richard Serra, Robert Rauschenberg.