The management and memory of fascist monumental art in postwar and contemporary Italy: the case of Luigi Montanarini's apotheosis of fascism

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Carter, Nick and Martin, Simon. (2017) The management and memory of fascist monumental art in postwar and contemporary Italy: the case of Luigi Montanarini's apotheosis of fascism. Journal of Modern Italian Studies. 22(3), pp. 338-364. https://doi.org/10.1080/1354571X.2017.1321933
AuthorsCarter, Nick and Martin, Simon
Abstract

In postwar Germany, the Allies and the German authorities moved quickly and systematically to destroy or physically remove all traces of Nazi art. No such process occurred in postwar Italy. This meant that hundreds of ideologically inspired statues, mosaics, murals and other artefacts survived into the republican period. This article uses Luigi Montanarini’s mural, the Apotheosis of Fascism, as a case study to examine the management, meaning and memory of fascist monumental art (and, more broadly, fascist monumental architecture) in postwar and contemporary Italy. To date, memory studies of fascism have largely overlooked the artistic and architectural legacies of the dictatorship. This article helps to address this historiographical lacuna and speaks to current debates and controversies in Italy surrounding the meaning and significance of historic fascism.

Keywordsfascism; monumental art; Luigi Montanarini; Apotheosis of Fascism; Rome; memory; difficult heritage
Year2017
JournalJournal of Modern Italian Studies
Journal citation22 (3), pp. 338-364
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1469-9583
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/1354571X.2017.1321933
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85021136814
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1354571X.2017.1321933
Open accessPublished as green open access
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range338-364
Research GroupSchool of Arts
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Online21 Jun 2017
ARC Funded ResearchThis output has not been funded, wholly or partially, under the Australian Research Council Act 2001
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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