Pablo Bronstein

14 June 2018 – 19 Jan 2019

London in its Original Splendour, 2018.

Exhibition overview

Located on the ground floor of the London Mithraeum, Bloomberg SPACE aims to showcase the best in contemporary art whilst bringing fresh perspectives to the history of this unique site.

The latest commission is London in its Original Splendour, by celebrated artist Pablo Bronstein. This immersive new installation envelops the gallery in a 3D-rendered wallpaper inspired by historic design and architecture.

Bronstein’s striking transformation features his most complex wallpaper design to date, rich in decorative and architectural motifs. Whole buildings, including exterior and interior areas are rendered in great detail, while in the ‘distance’, expansive vistas appear to open up between buildings, revealing wider views of a fictionalized cityscape. Two temporary, angled walls have been integrated into the space to guide visitors as they ‘tour’ through Bronstein’s illusory environment.

Drawing on a wide field of reference, from the elaborate visual effects devised by Renaissance and Baroque masters to the design legacy of the site’s nearby buildings of Christopher Wren, John Soane, Edwin Lutyens and James Stirling, Bronstein has characteristically stirred the pot of architectural history and styles – inviting visitors to join him in this uniquely immersive installation.

Pablo Bronstein
b. 1977, Argentina

Selected solo exhibitions include Pablo Bronstein, Herald St, London (2018);
Pablo Bronstein and the Treasures of Chatsworth, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham and Chatsworth, Derbyshire (2015); We Live in Mannerist Times, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2015); Enlightenment Discourse on the Origins of Architecture, REDCAT, Los Angeles (2014); A is Building, B is Architecture, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2013); Sketches for Regency Living, Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2011); and Pablo Bronstein at the Met, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2009).

Commissions include Tate Britain Commission: Historical Dances in an Antique Setting, Tate Britain, London (2016); Beach Hut in the Style of Nicholas Hawksmoor, Folkestone Triennial (2014) and BMW Tate Live: Performance Room, Tate Modern, London (2012).

Bloomberg SPACE

A series of contemporary art commissions responding to the site’s rich archaeological history.