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Cherubino Gambardella

Cherubino Gambardella

Cherubino Gambardella’s recent monograph, published by Electa, is called “Magical Neo-realism”. Why the title? No mean question, since an answer to it requires an ability to link up the recent works by the firm of this 47 year-old Neapolitan architect (born in 1962) with landmarks in the movement that hovered between metaphysics and realism, launched under fascism by Massimo Bontempelli and numbering Antonio Donghi, Felice Casorati and Cagnaccio da San Pietro among its followers. I think we may rule out politics. No hankerings for the Twenty Years: for one thing, in some Latin American countries critical realism has been espoused by writers from such different ideologies as Gabriel García Márquez and Jorge Luis Borges. My money is on three explanations bound up with architecture itself. The first is a desire to solve a contradiction within Italian architecture, above all, that of an...

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