This year’s Tate Britain Commission artist has been announced as the Argentinian-born, London-based Pablo Bronstein. He will create a new large-scale work in response to the neo-classical Duveen Galleries at the heart of the gallery.
Best known for his highly-crafted drawings, prints and installations inspired by a part-real, part-imaginary version of the European Baroque and Neoclassical past, Bronstein plans to fill the vast gallery space with a series of interventions and performances. This will include dancers moving through the galleries interacting with architectural elements.
He said: “Grand architecture is one of the things I’m most interested in, so it’s a rare opportunity to be able to create work in such a unique setting as the Duveen Galleries. The commission also presents a perfect and challenging opportunity to work with performance on a large scale.”
Tate Britain director Alex Farquharson added: “Pablo’s work consistently makes for deliciously jarring encounters between past and present, and art and society. 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.”
The Tate Britain Commission 2016, supported by Sotheby’s, is curated by Linsey Young and Sofia Karamani, curator and assistant curator of Contemporary British Art, Tate.
Artists who have previously undertaken commissions in the Duveens at Tate Britain include Christina Mackie (2015), Phyllida Barlow (2014), Simon Starling (2013), Patrick Keiller (2012), and Fiona Banner (2010).
Pablo Bronstein: Historical Dances in an Antique Setting is at Tate Britain 26 April – 9 October 2016
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