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Casa Malaparte: Furniture


Gagosian / London / Art

He made a name for himself as an Italian avant-garde writer (Kaputt, The Skin, Diary of a Foreigner in Paris) with a mixed reputation, but Curzio Malaparte, born Kurt Erich Suckert in 1898, lives on chiefly through the house he designed in Capri, made famous by Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 film Contempt, starring Brigitte Bardot. From the floor plan to the curving white windbreak on its roof to the furniture inside it, Casa Malaparte, standing secluded on a jutting rock face overlooking the Tyrrhenian, was designed entirely by the writer himself. Gagosian presents new editions of the home’s key pieces of furniture—a table, a bench, and a console, all made of walnut—by the Casa Malaparte’s youngest descendant, Tommaso Rositani Suckert. Also on view at the Davies Street gallery, adapted to resemble the home’s stone-floored main room, are several Baroque-styled porcelain pieces formerly owned by Malaparte. —J.V.

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