Günther Förg

Children’s Holiday Camp, Calambrone

1986

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Artist
Günther Förg 1952–2013
Original title
Colonia Marina, Calambrone
Medium
Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensions
Image: 1800 x 1200 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Janet Wolfson de Botton 1996
Reference
T07172

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.

Gallery label, February 2011

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