The Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève is pleased to present the first solo show of Pablo Bronstein in Switzerland and the first retrospective of its architectural drawings. Performance plays an important dimension in Bronstein work and will be an integral part of the exhibition at the Centre.
Pablo Bronstein is interested in the links between classical architecture and contemporary urbanism, between settings and decors, between art and dance. Through drawing, sculpture, video and performance, he looks at the historical otherness in order to unveil the links between power, fascination and classical art. His work often combines references to history of architecture- from the Roman antiquity and the Baroque to Neo-classicism and Post-modernism, as well as hints to history of art – from the Renaissance to the Modern period.
While he has always been fascinated by drawing, he used it in his practice as an artist only after finishing his studies. In his architectural interventions, the artist explores the relation between architecture and our urban lifestyles. His drawings are neither architectural works, nor sketches for decors but rather concepts in themselves, which involve a relation to the human being and to its personal identity and social customs.
“Although my practice is drawing, it is the conceptual implication of the work that is the most important aspect” (The Guardian, 19.09.2009).
The exhibition at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève invites the public to discover an artwork in which history and contemporaneity become entangled, which questions and challenges the spaces where it is displayed, while criticizing the institution and its architectural parameters.
Pablo Bronstein (Buenos Aires, 1977) lives and works in London. His works have been presented at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (2009), at Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich (2007).
He also took part in numerous collective exhibitions such as “Tate Live: Performance Room” at the Tate Modern, London (2012), “MOVE : Choreographing You” Hayward Gallery, London, Haus der Kunst, Munich and K20, Dusseldorf (2010-2011) or “The Garden of Forking Paths” at Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich. Pablo Bronstein participated to Manifesta 8 (2010-2011), Performa 07, The Second Biennial of Visual Arts, New York (2007) and at the Tate Triennale, Tate Britain, London (2006). His books “Postmodern Architecture in London” (2007) and “Ornamental Designs” (2008) have been published by König Books.
Curated by Andrea Bellini