Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Casa Malaparte- Isle of Capri -Italy

Casa Malaparte is a red masonry box with reverse pyramidal stairs leading to the roof patio. On the roof is a freestanding curving white wall of increasing height. It sits on a dangerous cliff 32 meters above the sea overlooking the Gulf of Salerno. Access to this private property is either by foot from the Town of Capri or by boat and a staircase cut into the cliff.Casa Malaparte was abandoned and neglected after the death of Curzio Malaparte in 1957. It suffered both from vandalism and natural elements for many years and was seriously damaged, including the desecration of a beautiful tiled stove, before the first serious renovation started in the late 1980s and early 1990s. 

The building was donated to the Foundation Giorgio Ronchi in 1972.Malaparte's great-nephew, Niccol簷 Rositani, is primarily responsible for restoring the house to a livable state. Much of the original furniture is still there, because it is too large to remove. The marble sunken tub in the bedroom of his mistress still exists and functions. His bedroom and book lined study are still intact. Many Italian industrialists have donated materials for the preservation.
Today the house is used for serious study and certain cultural events in Italy and is admired (and hated) by many architecture enthusiasts worldwide.The house can only be reached by traversing the island. The last twenty minute walk is over private property, belonging to The Ronchi Foundation.

 It takes an hour and a half to walk there from Capri's Piazzetta at the summit of the funiculare from the Marina Grande. The house can be reached by sea, on calm days only, as the waves are cast upon treacherous rocks and there has not been an official pier for many years. From the sea, one must climb 99 steps to reach the house. Malaparte gave his friend and boatman money to open a restaurant which is run by the boatman's son today. It is the only restaurant one would pass on the path from the Piazzetta to the promontory where Tiberius built his palace, Villa Jovis.

The Villa Malaparte was built between 1938 and 1942 on a high promontory on the
 island of Capri, Italy. It is as much a house as it is a sundeck. 
The design is by the owner, poet Curzio Malaparte and famous architect Adalberto Libera.
In the film Le M矇pris (1963), dir. Jean-Luc Godard the Villa is owned by a money hungry American movie producer, played with great gusto by Jack Palance. The blonde woman is Brigitte Bardot, the brunette Georgia Moll. The young guy with the hat is Michel Piccoli, the old guy veteran director Fritz Lang who really seems to enjoy himself.

Several books are available on the building.
 Malaparte: Casa Come Me (A House Like Me) edited by Michael McDonough, includes drawings and essays by many prominent artists and architects, such as James Wines, Tom Wolfe, Robert Venturi, Emilio Ambasz, Ettore Sottsass, Michael Graves, Willem Defoe, Peter Eisenman, Wiel Arets and many other luminaries of arts and letters.
 Other books are by Gianni Pettena and Marida Talamona.

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Pietro Passalacqua said...

What a great page! I was looking for information as I am writing a novel in which I plan to include the Casa Malaparte as a sort of Homeric dream, sort of Calypso's island, and I even got Godard into the bargain. Splendid!

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