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Title: 'Energies of History' in Modernism: the case of Casa Malaparte
Authors: Sels, Nadia
Pint, Kris
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: Interiors (Oxford. Print), 6 (2), p. 122-137
Abstract: This paper takes Casa Malaparte as a case study for modernism’s complex relation to history. Its design expresses the modernist desire for a tabula rasa, but at the same time remains strongly embedded in the architectural styles of the past. We want to demonstrate how Casa Malaparte functions as a spatial form of writing and thinking that mediates these paradoxes by bringing them together in a spatial constellation. Taking the lead from Walter Benjamin, we illustrate how the interior architecture of Casa Malaparte—despite its modernist character—can be interpreted as an exaggeration of the escapist bourgeois interior of the nineteenth century. But precisely in this exaggeration, the “dream space” that is Casa Malaparte can be used to turn the past into an imaginative and critical force, a creative energy within modernism itself.
Notes: Sels, N (reprint author), Univ Ghent, Fac Arts & Philosophy, Class Mythol & Greek Tragedy, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium nadia.sels@uantwerpen.be; kris.pint@uhasselt.be
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/19901
DOI: 10.1080/20419112.2015.1081489
ISI #: 000368974600002
ISSN: 2041-9112
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2017
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