Galleria Franco Noero

10154, TORINO

Pablo Bronstein
The largeness of China seen from a great distance

31 October 2017 — 03 February 2018

 Galleria Franco Noero is pleased to present The largeness of China seen from a great distance, the fifth solo exhibition by Pablo Bronstein in Turin and his first hosted in the gallery space of Piazza Carignano 2.


"The ‘piano nobile’ of Piazza Carignano 2 features an 18th century room decorated in chinoiserie - a style developed in Europe in the 17th century that sought to evoke a romantic feeling for the East. As this little room shows, Europe has been obsessed with China for a very long time. Its trade in Chinese luxury goods developed into something of a mania in the 18th century, with huge efforts in attempting to imitate porcelain, wallpaper and textiles imported from the East. This fascination with what China could produce, and what these objects symbolized was the stepping-stone to the growth of global European empires, as well as being a major spur to the Industrial Revolution. The amount of technological and artistic points of difference with the West, its perceived political and cultural opacity and unreadability, its sheer size and dramatic scale, the perceived omnipotence of its leaders, has resulted in an admiration that is tinged with fear. What is clear is that China has always returned the European gaze, both hostile and keen. Just as there are palaces in Europe in a style imitating ‘Chinese’ style, so palaces were built in China in imitation of European tastes, complete with imported objects, technologies and art made in a Western style. These cultural exchanges should be seen as part of a history of attempting to understand and codify the others’ highly developed ‘equivalent’ cultures. However, the European visual recreation of China is principally a looking-glass in which Europe regards itself while wearing fancy-dress. This imagining of China is a European projection of itself onto a different terrain, of its fears and desires transposed. For this exhibition I make particular reference to the import and imitation of Chinese wall coverings and wallpapers popular in the 18th century, the Orientalism of classical and baroque ballet, and a theory of architectural and design illustrations from the 18th to the 20th century that attempt to grapple with the vastness and remoteness of China from a historical European perspective."


Pablo Bronstein (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1977) lives and works in London. He attended Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design, at the University of the Arts London, the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL and graduated from Goldsmiths College of Art.


Bronstein’s solo shows for 2017 include presentations at RIBA, London and Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh. In 2018, he will have a solo show at the Fondazione Sviluppo e Crescita CRT, Torino and in 2020 he will have a solo exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum, London. Bronstein was the recipient of the Tate Britain Commission 2016, for which he produced Historical Dances in an Antique Setting in the Duveen Galleries. In 2016 he also designed the set for The Creation produced by Rambert and reenacted at Garsington Opera, Buckinghamshire before touring to Sadler’s Wells, London.

Solo exhibitions and projects include Pablo Bronstein: Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (2016), Museo Marino Marini, Florence (2015), The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, REDCAT in Los Angeles (2014), Performance Room, Tate Modern (2013), Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève (2013), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2011), ICA London (2011), Sculpture Court Commission, Tate Britain (2010), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2009), Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich (2007).

Recent group exhibitions include: Idea Home, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough (2017); Spaces without drama or surface is an illusion, but so is depth, Graham Foundation, Chicago (2017); British Art Show 8, various venues, UK (2015-2017); Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and Centre Pompidou, Paris (2016-2017); Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague (2016); L’Année dernière à Marienbad, Kunsthalle Bremen (2015); History is Now: 7 Artists Take on Britain, Hayward Gallery, London (2015) Folkestone Triennial, curated by Lewis Biggs, Folkestone (2014); Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing, curated by Brian Dillon, Hayward Touring exhibition (2013-2014); Ideal Standard Forms, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Turin (2013); Arkhaiologia: Archeology in Contemporary Art, Centre PasquArt, Biel (2011); Scene Shifts, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2010); MOVE: Choreographing You, Hayward Gallery Touring (2010-2011).

He has also taken part in festivals including Le Mouvement (2014) and the Folkestone Triennial (2014), Manifesta 8 (2010), the Prague Biennale (2007), Performa 07 (2007), the Tate Triennial (2006).

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