04 June, 2011

Pablo's Pissoir - Copenhagen

11.06 - 14.08.2011
North GalleriesKunsthal Charlottenborg

The works of Pablo Bronstein (born 1977, Buenos Aires, based in London) address the relationship between architecture, behaviour and power. Bronstein’s drawings in pen and ink on paper, with their elaborate pastiche of architectural eras and movements, are what first brought the artist to attention. However, his installations and performances are also key elements of his oeuvre, and extend the artist’s exploration of architecture into the realm of space and action. 

The centrepiece of Bronstein’s exhibition at Charlottenborg is a new architectural installation created especially for Copenhagen. The installation takes the form of a pavilion that almost fills the entire first gallery, and which houses a giant pissoir. Visitors are invited to enter the structure, which contains a long shelf for communal urination – a shelf which drains directly onto the gallery floor. A neighbouring gallery features a group of beautiful new drawings that locate the pavilion in a wider architectural discourse.

Like many of Bronstein’s works, the pissoir and its accompanying drawings evoke the monumental Neoclassicism that is a recurring strand in Western art and architecture. Bronstein ‘queers’ this tradition, and suggests moreover how style can be used by power to direct behaviour – and to define what it means to be a citizen – even down to the codification of pissing. The final gallery features a video by the artist – a performance piece that also reflects on codified bodily gestures.
Curated by Mark Sladen, Charlottenborg’s director.


For Spectrum's inaugural event, Research Associate Ian Alteveer joined Pablo Bronstein to discuss the work in the exhibition "Pablo Bronstein at the Met," on view at the Museum from October 6, 2009, through February 21, 2010.


Learn more about the exhibition "Pablo Bronstein at The Met," on view at the Met October 6, 2009-February 21, 2010: http://tinyurl.com/yeewujz

see works here


Bronstein approaches his interest in architecture through a wide range of media – from drawing, sculpture and installation to performance. One of his key interests is how architecture has the ability to intervene in personal identity, inform our movements, behaviours, and social customs.


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