Publication
Title
"Energies of History" in Modernism : the case of Casa Malaparte
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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.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Interiors : design, architecture, culture. - Oxford
Publication
Oxford : 2015
ISSN
2041-9112 [print]
2041-9120 [online]
Volume/pages
6:2(2015), p. 122-137
ISI
000368974600002
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UAntwerpen
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Publication type
Subject
Art 
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Creation 10.03.2016
Last edited 08.11.2017
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