chapter  11
Invernizzi’s exquisite corpse: the Villa Girasole: an architecture of surrationalism: David J. Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and Paul Lewis
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None of these men were particularly avant-garde, with Fagiuoli now con-

sidered the “most representative exponent of official Veronese architecture

at the time.”1 The style of the villa is seemingly unremarkable and decidedly

Novecento in its base and interior, with the rotating top portion demonstrat-

ing tendencies of the machine age: clean lines, industrial railings, and

stretched-skin walls. The villa’s immediate yard is, at first glance, nothing

dictates of geometry. Aside from a few brief articles, and passing mention in

collections of Italian twentieth-century architecture, il Girasole has remained

insignificant to the discourse of twentieth-century architecture. When men-

tioned, the villa is a technological feat or an example of the Fascists’ cult of

the sun translated into architecture.2