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The idea of Rome in Fascist art and architecture : the decorative program of the Palazzo dei Congressi in EUR, Rome

Marcello, Flavia 2010, The idea of Rome in Fascist art and architecture : the decorative program of the Palazzo dei Congressi in EUR, Rome, in Interspaces : Art + Architectural Exchanges from East to West, [The University of Melbourne, School of Culture and Communication], [Melbourne, Vic.], pp. 1-27.

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Title The idea of Rome in Fascist art and architecture : the decorative program of the Palazzo dei Congressi in EUR, Rome
Author(s) Marcello, Flavia
Conference name Interspaces : Art + Architectural Exchanges from East to West (2010 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 20-22 Aug. 2010
Title of proceedings Interspaces : Art + Architectural Exchanges from East to West
Editor(s) Marcello, Flavia
White, Anthony
Publication date 2010
Conference series Interspaces : Art + Architectural Exchanges from East to West
Start page 1
End page 27
Total pages 27
Publisher [The University of Melbourne, School of Culture and Communication]
Place of publication [Melbourne, Vic.]
Keyword(s) interspaces
Romanità
architecture
symbolic
urban space
architectural form
Summary This paper engages with the notion of interspace by examining an understudied and unpublished cycle of mosaics and frescoes destined for the main hall of the Palazzo dei Congressi in Rome’s south-western suburb of EUR, a major building project by Roman architect Adalberto Libera. It first provides a socio-historical and aesthetic background to the building of EUR as Rome’s international exposition of 1942, which aimed to celebrate the achievements of Italian (and fascist) civilisation. It then focuses on the concept of Romanità (or Roman-ness) as a mythical and idealised past that was engaged on a number of levels as a teleological foundation for the advent (and eternity) of fascist rule. This past was adopted, interpreted and made manifest at the urban scale in the master plan of EUR, at the architectural scale in the buildings and at the interior scale in the decorative programs incorporated in each. It argues that the Palazzo dei Congressi allows us to gain further insight into the notion of interspace as it exemplifies this on a number of physical, symbolic and temporal levels. Physically, in the urban space, architectural form and interiors; symbolically, in the content and compositional layout of the mosaics; and temporally, in the use of historical elision and conflation between mythical pasts and idealised present.
Language eng
Field of Research 120301 Design History and Theory
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2010, University of Melbourne, School of Culture and Communication
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30044796

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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