Galleria Franco Noero

10154, TORINO

Pablo Bronstein
Palazzi Torinesi

08 November 2008 — 10 January 2009

Pablo Bronstein is the third artist invited by Galleria Franco Noero to tackle the architecture of the historic building designed by Antonelli and known as the “Fetta di Polenta” (literally, “slice of polenta”). This is his second solo exhibition at the gallery.

The Argentinian born artist gives a contemporary vision of the architectural theories from 18th century to Post-modern using different media like drawing, painting, performance, video, installation, book designing and publishing, bringing back the sculptural qualities and the theatricality of the architecture into a present reading and context.

The project Palaces of Turin is a collection of art objects that act as an architectural tour of famous Turin buildings which are or have been both public and private. The exhibition aims to examine the promotion of city identity through the architectural image.

The show takes as itʼs starting point the gallery building - an architectural landmark now opened to the public through itʼs transformation into a contemporary art space – and the façade of Palazzo Madama, central point in the baroque town planning of Turin, and of the subsequent touristic organisation of the city. The two buildings share a common architectural idea, namely the grandness of the principal façade versus the extreme thinness of the interior.

The exhibition features a large painting of the façade of Palazzo Madama that sits within three painterly traditions, that of the cityscape paintings of the 18th century, that of the theatrical backdrop, and that of the metaphysical paintings of de Chirico. The painting creates a theatricalisation of the experience of walking past a famous monument, so that the city buildings themselves turn citizens into participants within a large theatrical production. The performance of citizenship is an idea taken up again with the film Passeggiata, while a series of works on paper in artistʼs frames are inspired by some of the most famous historical city buildings. The book Casa Scaccabarozzi, published as part of the exhibition, examines in detail what takes place when a private historic building is transformed into a contemporary art gallery.


Horological Piazza
In the project space of Piazza Santa Giulia an installation composed by fine antique clocks that sit on four plinths transforms the room in a public square, suggesting the representation of time through the movement of the hour hands and the physical one of people.


Pablo Bronstein (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1977) lives and works in London. Solo exhibitions and projects include Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich (2007), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2009), Sculpture Court Commission, Tate Britain (2010), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2011), ICA London (2011), Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève (2013), Performance Room, Tate Modern (2013) and REDCAT in Los Angeles (2014). He has also taken part in festivals including the Tate Triennial (2006), the Prague Biennale (2007), Performa 07 (2007), Manifesta 8 (2010), Le Mouvement (2014) and the Folkestone Triennial (2014). Forthcoming solo shows in 2015 include Nottingham Contemporary and Chatsworth House, Derbyshire and Museo Marino Marini in Florence.

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