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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