D’Annunzio’s Cave shows fifteen rooms of the Villa Cargnacco in Gardone on Lake Garda, where Gabriele d’Annunzio moved in 1921 and lived until his death. The villa is part of the “Vittoriale”, a museum-like theme park honoring d’Annunzio.
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It’s weird enough that the inside of the cave recalls the style d’Annunzio uses in ‘Il fuoco’: the ardent gathering of textures, as if an eye would suffer from acute withdrawal, if its gaze fell on an unlabored surface. Space is allowed some depth just insofar as it contains various objects - domesticated matter, in whose entrails the artist’s hand has locked the raw appearance forever, the shameful vestige of