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Fendi vidi vici: when Fashion flirts with Fascism


Great article on a topic usually avoided. There was so much going on in Italian architecture in 1920s 1930s, as Europe in general. I think there is a big difference between referencing a stylistic approach and a specific building. Fascism cannot lay claim to neoclassicism or modernism, but certain buildings can be claimed by Fascism. However, even this is not a simple matter as certain buildings have very specific histories. The Pantheon in Rome being a case in point which traversed a stark religious shift as well as the political. So when quoting the Casa del Fascio/Casa del Popolo/Palazzo Terragni..... which history is referenced? In comparison quoting buildings destroyed in the aftermath of war simplifies and reduces the quote to a specific political or historical event. Perhaps this is why Eliot support poets over the age of 25 having a vast knowledge of culture.

Posted date

19 February, 2016

Posted time

1:30 am