Pablo Bronstein intervention at the ICA includes sculpture, dance and Regency decor

By Mark Sheerin | 08 June 2011
Photo of two dancers in costume in a gallery with a mural of regency architecture
Pablo Bronstein, Tragic Stage (2011). Costumes by Mary Katrantzou. Exhibition view of "Sketches for Regency Living" at the Institute of Contemporary Arts from 9 June to 25 September 2011© Steve White
Exhibition: Pablo Bronstein: Sketches for Regency Living, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, June 9 – September 25 2011

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Recent changes in leadership at the ICA, as well as painful cuts in Arts Council funding, may have led the institution to question its place in the art landscape of 21st century London.

But Pablo Bronstein appears to suggest the gallery look to its place in Regency quarters in Nash House on The Mall for clues as to its future identity.

Bronstein has a longstanding interest in period architecture and its effects upon those who inhabit it. But previously most of his inspiration has come from the 18th century and the 1980s. And his work is quite often confined to speculative drawings on paper.

Now, however, the Argentine-born Londoner has been given a whole building to work with. Sketches for Regency Living combines architectural intervention with choreography and historic tours of the 1830s building.

Indeed, decorative embellishments are to be found throughout the premises – from foyer through to bar – with an entire Regency room constructed in the theatre. It’s an ambitious project for both venue and artist, a case of out with the old and in with the older.

The dance programme includes a ballet devised by Bronstein and performances in costumes by fashion designer Mary Katrantzou. Many more events to help visitors reinterpret the space have also been planned for the duration of the show.

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