Casa Malaparte at the Gagosian

Casa Malaparte at the Gagosian
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“Casa come me” - “A home like me.” That’s how it was baptised by Curt Erich Suckert, pen-name Curzio Malaparte, the home suspended among the lush vegetation of Capri and the luminous brilliance of the Tyrrhenian Sea. When, in 1937, the writer from Prato had the villa built, he truly desired that this building, placed in a secluded nook of the island, suspended on a panoramic summit, be a true reflection of his character. Welcome to Casa Malaparte, the villa designed in its entirety, from the floors to the furnishings, by the famed essayist from Prato, marked by classical and modernist influences in dialogue beneath the same roof and charged with a breath of drama. With its white windbreak curving across the terrace, Casa Malaparte emanates the breath of its creator, famous for his extreme religious and political ideas, active among the avant-garde artistic and literary circles of his times. Since 1957, the year the author of Kaputt and La Pelle died, the home stands as an architectural jewel, inspiring contemporary artists and designers. Until September 19, a tiny piece of this famed home comes back to life in the halls of the Gagosian, thanks to Tommaso Rositani Suckert, the youngest descendant of the writer, who created reproductions of several key pieces of furniture of Casa Malaparte. There is a table, a bench and a console table, all made in Italy with a slab of walnut and various other materials. The table stands on a pair of columns sculpted from solid wood, the bench rests on a pair of Carrara marble columns and the console has tuff stone columns. Each piece shows familiar motifs from the rich past of classical Italy along with a minimalist modernist touch. The gallery on Davies Street will be set up to look as similar as possible to the main living area of Casa Malaparte, thus posing as that living room with the stone floor overlooking the ocean, immortalised in the film Contempt by Jean-Luc Godard.
Samantha De Martin - © 2020 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London