"In a few years’ time, perhaps, people will forget the many small and very small figures who are now considered great or very great." "Why overcrowd our spaces with the cold noisiness of inane brands and gestures just to respond like unthinking consumers to the calls of a market where stupidity merges with arrogance and goods with ideas? Why not “resist”, or at least try to resist, now that everything seems easy to obtain, the crude attractions that assail us with their overdose of stupid frills that seem to have lost forever their form and their value, and consequently their meaning and their memory". With regards to contemporary architecture, Giorgio Muratore role is reminiscent of Pier Paolo Pasolini's role in 20th-century Italian culture. As Pasolini condemned the effects of capitalism on civil society, the writings of the native Roman historian and critic Muratore vehemently denounce the abjection and degradation of architectural culture with the same moral charge. Just like Pasolini, Muratore was also a fiercely militant critic, yet his words are also characterised by a subtle, irresistible sense of humor. The Giorgio Muratore DIVISARE BOOKS box set is a collection that resurrect rare and long-out-of-print texts ranging from an intimate interview with Dario Passi and a couple of insightful essays on the latter’s work as well as on that of Giorgio Grassi, to two heavily polemical articles against the local and well as the global illnesses of the recent architectural production. The first text condemns the “uncertain, modest, tired and arrogant” Ara Pacis Museum by Richard Meier while the second attacks the comodification and spectacle of architecture proposed by the Venice Biennale directed by Deyan Sudjic in 2002. This collection represents Muratore’s work to feature his relentless curiosity and wit that are so heavily missed today.
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