A Difficult Heritage: The Afterlife of Fascist-Era Architecture, Monuments, and Works of Art in Italy
- Beginn: 11.03.2019 10:00
- Ende: 12.03.2019 20:00
- Ort: American Academy in Rome, Via Angelo Masina 5, 00153 Rom und Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom
The conference focuses on the material history of Fascist-era works of art, monuments and architecture in Italy, and examines their afterlife and reception in the longue durée. In order to frame the contemporary debate, a transdisciplinary approach and a historical perspective will take as its starting point the iconoclasm following the Fall of the Regime (July 25th, 1943). Papers will explore the ambiguous transition from Fascism to the Republic and the dynamics of postwar censorship. Moreover, the critical examination of artistic historiography, together with the main narratives of the history of Italian art, aims to underline elements of continuity throughout the 20th century. It also permits a re-examination of the damnatio memoriae implicating some of the artists close to the Regime and the role played by private collections in the preservation and survival of Fascist-era works of art.
Probing the theoretical concept of 'difficult heritage' in relation to the peculiarities of the Italian case, and in a comparative perspective with other nations, the conference addresses issues of restoration, display, and critical preservation of Fascist-era artefacts located in public and institutional spaces. The event aims to foster a discussion open to different disciplines such as History, History of Architecture, Heritage Studies, Literature, Philosophy, and Anthropology, and to examine the potential contribution of Art History to the topic. Strategies of memorialization and the role of contemporary art interventions will be discussed in an open dialogue with artists focusing on political monuments and multilayered memories in public space.
Presentations will be held in English and Italian. The conference and the discussion are open to the public. No registration required.
The project is made possible in part by the Fellows' Project Fund of the American Academy in Rome.
PROGRAM (may be subject of minor changes)
Monday, 11 March Bibliotheca Hertziana — Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte
10:00 Welcome Tristan Weddigen, Bibliotheca Hertziana, MPI
10:10 Introduction Fascist-Era Artefacts in Italy: From Iconoclasm to Critical Preservation Carmen Belmonte, American Academy in Rome
10:30-11:45 Works of Art and Historiography Chair Peter Benson Miller, American Academy in Rome
Fascism and the Arts: A Difficult Legacy Giuliana Pieri, Royal Holloway, University of London
Religioni politiche. Amnesia e rimozione nella storia dell'arte italiana postbellica Michele Dantini, Università per Stranieri di Perugia/IMT Scuola di Alti Studi, Lucca
12:00-13:15 The Multiple Lives of Buildings Chair Lynne Lancaster, Ohio University/American Academy in Rome
Architettura e fascismo: vita e destino delle opere per il regime Rosalia Vittorini, Università degli Studi di Roma 'Torvergata'
Questioning the Idea of Italy's Fascist Architecture as Difficult Heritage Hannah Malone, Freie Universität Berlin
14:15-15:45 Monumentality Chair Maria Bremer, Bibliotheca Hertziana, MPI
The Negation of the Monument. Contemporary Strategies of Memorialization Andrea Pinotti, Università degli Studi di Milano
Projection of Freedom of Movement, short film, 2018 Nina Fischer&Maroan El Sani, Berlin
16:30-17:30 On-site visit to L'Italia tra le Arti e le Scienze by Mario Sironi (speakers only) with Eliana Billi, Sapienza, Università degli Studi di Roma.
Tuesday, 12 March American Academy in Rome
10:00 Welcome John Ochsendorf, American Academy in Rome
10:15-11:30 From Fascism to the Republic Chair Carmen Belmonte, American Academy in Rome
Corrado Cagli 1935 Race of the Barber Horses: Restoring and Interpreting Ester Coen, Roma
Revolutionary Iconoclasm and Damnatio Memoriae after the Fall of Mussolini Joshua Arthurs, West Virginia University
Fear of Freedom. Carlo Levi and Alberto Savinio on the Legacy of Fascism in Early Postwar Italy Franco Baldasso, Bard College, New York
14:00-15:15 Politics of Memory Chair Jim Carter, University of Michigan/American Academy in Rome
From Iconoclasm to Heritage: Mussolini's Legacy, Display and Politics in Contemporary Italy Flaminia Bartolini, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre, University of Cambridge, UK
Architettura e arte monumentale pubblica. Politiche di memoria, le due Germanie e il post-89 Liza Candidi T.C., Humboldt-Universität Berlin/Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
15:30-16:45 Political Monuments and Contemporary Art Chair Lindsay Harris, Rome
Relations Between Italian Architectural Modernism and Contemporary Art in Tirana (Albania) through the Prism of the
'Unwanted Heritage' Alessandro Gallicchio, TELEMMe, Aix-Marseille Université
Witness Karyn Olivier, Tyler School of Art, Temple University/American Academy in Rome
18:00 CONVERSATIONS/CONVERSAZIONI Dell Upton/Adachiara Zevi
Are monuments history?
Dell Upton (2019 AAR Resident) is chair of the Department of Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles, and professor emeritus of architecture at University of California, Berkeley
Adachiara Zevi is an architect, art historian, and president of Fondazione Bruno Zevi