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Title: Il fallimento del progetto e il disordine del destino: Giulio Carlo Argan, il Bauhaus e la crisi della ragione
Authors: Lorber, Maurizio
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Maurizio Lorber, "Il fallimento del progetto e il disordine del destino: Giulio Carlo Argan, il Bauhaus e la crisi della ragione", in: AFAT 33, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2014, pp. 155-164
Series/Report no.: AFAT
The industrial design imagined by Gropius – art at the service of industry – has become, as Argan has said, a
project to serve the consumer. Today, mass production realized in an exemplary manner what Argan understood
well in advance: while it makes furniture and soft furnishings available to everybody at a low cost, it
is not an evolution of society, but only an ecstatic exaltation of consumption. The death of art is sanctioned
by the loss of the highest bet placed by Bauhaus: the confident expectation that the renewed design capacity
could achieve, through aesthetics, a vehicle of ethical values. The analysis of the Bauhaus aesthetic of Argan
exemplifies a method for revising the philosophy of the idealistic type. Argan’s effort was not to propose an
idealistic interpretation released from the sources and the works. From his point of view philosophy does not
belong to a world apart, but enters the real world and draws from it abundantly. The products of art that occupy
a physical and symbolic space allow this direct comparison between the world of ideas and that of sense
experience. The conclusions are in close relation with this method of analysis.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1827-269X
eISSN: 2499-6750
Appears in Collections:AFAT 33

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