The Abstract House (Milan)

building in Milan

The The Abstract House or La Casa Astratta is a palace in Viale Beatrice d'Este 24, Milano, Italy in the historic center of Milan inside the luxurious Quadronno District, which collects artwork of the fifties.[1]

The Abstract House
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General information
LocationMilano
Viale Beatrice d'Este 24
Italy
Completed1952
Technical details
Floor count9

The Palazzo La Casa Abstract was built by Carlo Perogalli and Attilio Mariani together with the painter Francesco Magnelli in 1952. [2]Carlo Perogalli and Attilio Mariani completed the nearby building in Viale Beatrice d'Este 26 in 1952, while Giordano Forti and Camillo Magni in 1957 created the Palazzo Forti, making the whole area an open-air museum. The Abstract House of Viale Beatrice d'Este in Milan is the masterpiece of the Movement for Concrete Art.[3]

The painter Francesco Magnelli, active in Paris, worked with the designers to lay out the facade. The same design is taken up in negative inside the entrance hall with an artistic inlay in the rubber floor with the aim of establishing a close relationship between the facade and the interior space. In the atrium a sculpture was created by Attilio Mariani.

From 1948 to 1958 for architects and artists, Milan became the city where they could experience a new conception of the relationships between the arts. The Palace shows how the concrete forms are not simply paintings applied to the walls of a building designed separately by another person, but are born and developed together with the architecture with which they identify. Perogalli also considers this creation one of the most original and significant in which "the synthesis of the arts ... is also notable for the strong chromatic component: the facade of the building has a cladding in white marble and blue ceramic tiles. The decoration is expressed both in the free composition and in the choice of colors on the facade.[4]

"The façade endowed with movement and plasticity for the protrusions of the balconies and bow windows that the chromatic play enhances: cladding in white marble, mirrors in black ceramic mosaic, balconies in blue ceramic mosaic."

References change

  1. Lombardia Beni Culturali Viale Beatrice d'Este, 24
  2. Carlo Perogalli, Aspetti dell'architettura contemporanea: cronache, temi, tendenze, Milano 1952, pp. 63-66
  3. Marco Biraghi, G. Lo Ricco, S. Micheli, Guida all'architettura di Milano 1954-2014, Milano 2013, pp. 14-15
  4. Giuliana Ricci, Guardare l’architettura. Passato e presente negli scritti di Carlo Perogalli, un architetto moderno, Unicopli, Milano 2002 p.52

Bibliography change

  • Archivio Carlo Perogalli, Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Design
  • Archivio Civico di Milano
  • Carlo Perogalli, Introduzione all'arte totale. Neorealismo e astrattismo, architettura e arte industriale, Milano 1952, p. 48
  • Carlo Perogalli, Aspetti dell'architettura contemporanea: cronache, temi, tendenze, Milano 1952, pp. 63–66
  • AA. VV., MAC e dintorni, Ed. Credito Valtellinese, Sondrio, 1997
  • G. Gramigna, S. Mazza, Milano. Un secolo di architettura milanese dal Cordusio alla Bicocca, Milano 2001, Hoepli, p. 242
  • Marco Biraghi, G. Lo Ricco, S. Micheli, Guida all'architettura di Milano 1954-2014, Milano 2013, pp. 14–15
  • Fondo Attilio Mariani, Milano
  • Agnoldomenico Pica, Milano, Guida Ariminum, Milano 1964
  • C. Colleoni, Carlo Perogalli e la sintesi delle arti: architetture a Milano, in AL, n. 5 2004

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