Günther Förg
Children’s Holiday Camp, Calambrone 1986

Artwork details

Günther Förg 1952–2013
Children’s Holiday Camp, Calambrone
Colonia Marina, Calambrone
Date 1986
Medium Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensions Image: 1800 x 1200 mm
Acquisition Presented by Janet Wolfson de Botton 1996
Not on display

Display caption

In the 1930s the Fascist Party in Italy established a network of summer holiday camps for children. Located by the sea or in the mountains, their purpose was to provide moral and physical instruction, thus ensuring the future ‘glory’ of the Italian race. These modernist buildings are typical of Fascist structures of the period. In this work and in Children’s Holiday Camp at Chiavari (also in this room), Förg depicts them in a deserted and dilapidated state, in gloomy or wet weather, highlighting the totalitarian impulse which marred the utopian dream of such modernist architecture.

February 2011

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