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Cimitero San Cataldo (Modena)

Aldo Rossi's Postmodern Cemetery

I cannot be Postmodern, as I have never been Modern Aldo Rossi

Though he might try to deny it, Rossi is a darling of the Postmodernists, the first Italian to win the Pritzker Prize. At first more an academic than a builder, Rossi made his name when he won a competition in the 70's to build this cemetery expansion project in Modena's northern suburbs.

The controversial project has not yet been finished, and may never be. What you can see now is a blank exterior wall, some long barracks-like buildings and the chillingly geometric 'ossuary cube'. The whole is a haunted landscape from a di Chirico painting, perhaps a fitting representation for a modern Europe where death has ceased to have any meaning.

Strada Cimitero San Cataldo

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Rowena