Pablo Bronstein, Tragic Stage (2011) performance at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. Photo: Courtesy of Herald St, London and Franco Noero, Torino, © Pablo Bronstein
The artist Pablo Bronstein will create this year’s high-profile Tate Britain Commission, which takes over the London museum’s Duveen Galleries.
The Buenos Aires-born, London-based Bronstein is best known for his performances and classically styled architectural drawings, usually done in ink and gouache. His Plaza Minuet for the Tate Triennial in 2006 used the galleries' space as a stage for a dance project that combined baroque choreography with a more minimalist strain from the 1960s. Expect more of the same for this Commission. “Drawing on his interests in Baroque architecture and spectacle, Bronstein will occupy this grand space with a series of interventions and performances,” reads the release.
“His work consistently makes for deliciously jarring encounters between past and present, and art and society,” says Alex Farquharson, the director of Tate Britain. “Responding to contexts in bold and irreverent ways is a hallmark of his work and I hugely look forward to him taking on the aesthetic and institutional grandeur of Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries.”
Last year’s commission featured Christina Mackie’s dye installations, and the year before filled the space with Phyllida Barlow’s sculpture.