chapter  12
The tangency of the world to itself: the Casa Malaparte and the metaphysical tradition: Jacqueline Gargus
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The Casa Malaparte is the best-known example of a building designed in the

ambit of the original group of Surrealists, those established in France by

André Breton in the 1920s. During the villa’s inception and construction,

client/architect Curzio Malaparte edited an issue of an avant-garde journal on

the topic of Surrealism. Included were works by French Surrealists, like

Breton and Paul Éluard, as well as works by members of the Italian Meta-

physical School such as Giorgio de Chirico and Alberto Savinio.1 Images and

ideas of the Surrealists must have commingled in Malaparte’s mind with his

vision of the house. He probably even discussed the project with Surrealist

artists featured in the journal. Not only do paintings by Savinio hang in the

Casa Malaparte, but Savinio even designed ceramic tiles for the floor. Thus

immersed in the culture of Surrealism, Malaparte absorbed, transformed and

adumbrated a kindred sensibility in his house.