Gagosian is pleased to present new editions of furniture pieces from the legendary Casa Malaparte in Capri, Italy.
In 1937, renowned author Curzio Malaparte—born as Kurt Erich Suckert in 1898—purchased a plot of land overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. There, he supervised the construction of Casa Malaparte, his residence and architectural brainchild, to which he referred affectionately as “casa come me” (house like me). Designed in its entirety by Malaparte, from floor plan to furniture, the house blends classical and modernist influences, united under one roof with inimitable poetic drama.
From the curving white windbreak that arcs across its roof terrace to its deliberately secluded location atop a jutting promontory, Casa Malaparte embodies its maker’s renegade streak. Notorious for vacillating between religious and political ideological extremes, Malaparte was an active participant in the avant-garde artistic and literary circles of his time. After his death in 1957, the house lives on as an architectural masterwork and an inspirational platform for contemporary artists and designers.
For this special exhibition, Tommaso Rositani Suckert, Malaparte’s youngest descendant, has produced editions of the key pieces of furniture that grace the house to this day: a table, a bench, and a console. Manufactured in Italy, each piece comprises a simple, elegant solid walnut slab with supports in different materials. For the table, this is a pair of columns carved from solid pine in smooth, winding diagonal curves that accentuate the natural patterns of the wood grain; for the bench, the legs are composed of column capitals cut from Carrara marble; and for the console, they are made of tuff stone capitals. Each juxtaposes familiar motifs from the rich classical past of Malaparte’s native Italy with minimalistic modern forms.
In this transportive presentation, the Davies Street gallery will be adapted to resemble Casa Malaparte’s main room, a stone-floored salon with ocean vistas that famously features in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 film Contempt. Also on view will be a suite of Baroque-styled porcelain pieces formerly owned by Malaparte. These works, which include floral-studded mirrors and candelabras as well as freestanding sculptures, depict figures and allegorical scenes from classical mythology. Combining Malaparte’s captivating designs with this personal effects, the exhibition will pay homage to the life and spirit of one of the most complex and mysterious figures of the Italian avant-garde.
Casa Malaparte: Furniture
Featuring interviews with Tommaso Rositani Suckert and Serena Cattaneo Adorno, this video presents a unique look at the history of Casa Malaparte in Capri and documents the fabrication of new editions of the iconic furniture pieces from the house, designed in the late 1930s by avant-garde writer Curzio Malaparte.
Casa Malaparte: A House Like Ourselves
Wyatt Allgeier explores the legacy of Curzio Malaparte and corresponds with the avant-garde author’s youngest descendant, Tommaso Rositani Suckert, on the subject of his decision to reproduce select pieces of furniture from the iconic Casa Malaparte in Capri, Italy.
In July 2017, a special installation of paintings was shown at Casa Malaparte, Capri, the famous house built by the author, publisher, diplomat, and filmmaker Curzio Malaparte.
Monday, September 21, 2020, 1pm EDT (6pm BST)
Join Gagosian for a virtual tour of Casa Malaparte: Furniture, an exhibition on view at Gagosian, Davies Street, London, through September 19. Gagosian director Millicent Wilner and Tommaso Rositani Suckert, Curzio Malaparte’s youngest descendant, will discuss Casa Malaparte in Capri, Italy. Designed in its entirety by Malaparte, from floor plan to furniture, the house blends classical and modernist influences, united under one roof with inimitable poetic drama. Editions of the furniture are installed in the gallery to replicate the layout of the main room of the house, including a one-to-one scale image of the ocean vista. Rositani Suckert has produced the editions based on key pieces of furniture that grace the house to this day: a table, a bench, and a console. Manufactured in Italy, each piece comprises a simple, elegant solid walnut slab with supports in different materials. To join, register at zoom.us.
Original walnut and pine table conceived in 1941 by Curzio Malaparte in situ at Casa Malaparte, Capri © Malaparte. Photo: Dariusz Jasak
Extended through January 30, 2021
Edmund de Waal
some winter pots
December 3, 2020–January 30, 2021
Davies Street, London