The Artful Façades of Pablo Bronstein
For artist Pablo Bronstein, the avant-garde has become so institutionalized that history seems radical.
Architect, June 2014
Several years ago, the artist Pablo Bronstein published a new edition of Horace Walpole’s novel The Castle of Otranto, with a cover he had drawn by hand. Walpole, an 18th-century English aristocrat, is perhaps best known for his country estate Strawberry Hill, which is credited with beginning the Gothic Revival. In the main reception room, visitors admired elaborate fan vaulting, copied from Henry VII’s Chapel at Westminster Abbey—only at Strawberry Hill, it was made of papier-mâché. It was the kind of stagecraft that undoubtedly attracted Bronstein to Walpole. Just like his subject, Bronstein prizes artifice, and the meaning it can bring to his work.
Photograph by Stefan Altenburger Photography Zurich