Escape from the Avant-Garde: The House as a Stage of Memory

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The Avantgarde and Modern Movement dogmas proposed a refusal of history, past, memory, in the name of a renewed vision and representation of the world. As a critique of this intuition, and to escape the outcomes of this strategy that took place in the cultural, artistic and architectural scenario and was realized in the urban environment, the domestic interior became an opportunity, as a theatrical stage, to celebrate memory and history. The paper focuses on these themes and in the case study of the work of Mario Praz, who transformed his own home in Rome, depicted in his autobiographical book The house of life, into an archaeological stratification of re-collections. The house can be read, using his words, as the “museum of the soul”, the “mirror of the spirit” and the “projection of the ego”: the inhabitant’s monument and theater, and an individual and private counterpoint to the Modernist Avantgarde’s tabula rasa of the past.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDefining the Architectural Space
Subtitle of host publicationAvant-garde Architecture
EditorsTomasz Kozłowski
Place of PublicationWrocław
PublisherOfcyna Wydawnicza ATUT
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9788379777532
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2022
EventXXI International Scientific Conference: 2022 – Defining the architectural space – avant-garde architecture - Crocow University of Technology, Cracow, Poland
Duration: 18 Nov 202219 Nov 2022


ConferenceXXI International Scientific Conference
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