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Pablo Bronstein - Chinese Bridges in Landscape

Printed wood. Meadow Arts commission, 2017 at Weston park.

Pablo Bronstein - Chinese Bridges in Landscape

Printed wood. Meadow Arts commission, 2017 at Weston park.

Pablo Bronstein - Preparatory drawings for Bridges in the Landscape

(Bridge 2) Digital drawings, Meadow Arts Commission, 2017

Pablo Bronstein - Preparatory drawings for Bridges in the Landscape

(Bridge 1) Digital drawings, Meadow Arts Commission, 2017

Chinese Bridges in Landscape

Printed wood

Meadow Arts commission, 2017

Pablo Bronstein explores architecture and its history for its ability to inform our identity, behaviours, and social customs. In the Walled Garden, Bronstein has created a major sculptural installation, which plays with concepts of perspectives, solidity and theatricality.

Bridges are an essential part of the language of landscape architecture, especially in the 18c, as illustrated here at Weston with James Paine’s Roman Bridge. A level of exoticism is added by using the Chinoiserie motif, the English idea of Chinese architecture that also runs through the history of landscape design.

Bronstein exaggerates the ornamental value of such bridges by essentially turning them into billboards and reinforces their theatrical role by making visible the support structure. Playing on transparency and solidity, the structure is further confused by the trompe-l’oeil printing effect on the boards themselves, which gets confused with the Chinoiserie fretwork.

The large and small sizes are an obvious perspectival trick with which landscape designers played constantly, but here is shown to deliberately not work. The make-believe effect is then terminally compromised by the absence of a river, showing purpose and effect completely at odds.


Pablo Bronstein

Pablo Bronstein was born in Buenos Aires and now lives and works in London. Bronstein is the recipient of Tate Britain Commission 2016, for which he produced ‘Historical Dances in an Antique Setting’, in the Duveen Galleries. Bronstein also designed the set for ‘The Creation’ produced by Rambert and reenacted at Garsington Opera before touring to Sadler’s Wells. Bronstein’s solo shows for 2017 include Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, UK; presentations at RIBA, London, UK and Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, UK.

In 2015 Bronstein had solo shows at Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham and Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, as well as at the Museo Marino Marini, Florence and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Other solo exhibitions include: REDCAT, Los Angeles (2014), Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2013), Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2011), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2011), Sculpture Court, Tate Britain, London (2010) and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2009).

Bronstein’s work is part of the touring British Art Show 8 (2015-2017) and Collected By Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and Centre Pompidou, Paris (2016-2017). Previous group exhibitions include: L’Année dernière à Marienbad, Kunsthalle Bremen (2015) and Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague (2016); History is Now: 7 Artists Take on Britain, Hayward Gallery, London (2015); Folkestone Triennial, curated by Lewis Biggs, Folkestone, Kent (2014); Curiosity - Art and the Pleasures of Knowing, curated by Brian Dillon, Hayward Touring exhibition (2013-2014); Ideal Standard Forms, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, GAM, Turin (2013); Arkhaiologia: Archeology in Contemporary Art, Centre PasquArt, Biel (2011); Scene Shifts, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2010); and MOVE: Choreographing You, Hayward Gallery Touring (2010-2011). In 2013 König Books published a major monograph of the artist, A is Building B is Architecture. Other solo publications include; Gilded Keyholes (2013), Postmodern Architecture in London, Second edition (2011) and Ornamental Designs (2008) all published by König Books, as well as Enlightenment Discourse on the Origins of Architecture (2014) published by REDCAT, Pissoir (2011) published by Kunsthal Charlottenborg and Description of Casa Scaccabarozzi (2008) published by Galleria Franco Noero. Bronstein is represented by Herald Street gallery.