Pablo Bronstein to Exhibit an Exploration of “Pseudo-Georgian Architecture” at London’s RIBA


Detail: 132-135 Sewardstone Road, Victoria Park E2 9JQ. Ink on Paper, 21 x 14 cm. Copyright Pablo Bronstein, 2017. Courtesy Herald St, London and Galeria Franco Noero, Turin. Image Courtesy of RIBA

Detail: 132-135 Sewardstone Road, Victoria Park E2 9JQ. Ink on Paper, 21 x 14 cm. Copyright Pablo Bronstein, 2017. Courtesy Herald St, London and Galeria Franco Noero, Turin. Image Courtesy of RIBA

A new exhibition of commissioned work by American artist Pablo Bronstein at London’s Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) will explore “ubiquitous” neo-Georgian developments as exemplar of a British vernacular. The show—Pablo Bronstein: Conservatism, or The Long Reign of Pseudo-Georgian Architecture—will feature fifty new drawings of buildings constructed during the second half of the 20th Century in “an ostensibly neo-Georgian style.” These will be presented alongside historical Georgian and neo-Georgian material chosen by Bronstein from the RIBA’s collections.


Competition design for the Daily Mail Ideal House. Donald Hanks McMorran, 1927. Copyright and courtesy RIBA Drawings Collection. Image Courtesy of RIBA

Competition design for the Daily Mail Ideal House. Donald Hanks McMorran, 1927. Copyright and courtesy RIBA Drawings Collection. Image Courtesy of RIBA

Bronstein, collaborating with Apparata (Nicholas Lobo Brennan and Astrid Smitham), will “transform the RIBA’s gallery space into a domestic environment in which the objects will be arranged.” The practice will also create “a site-specific installation” in the entrance to the RIBA’s building at Portland Place, expressing “the practice’s belief that classical architecture is a progressive force, associated with leaps in human knowledge, the escape from ignorance and superstition, and the birth of democracy.”


1-4 Cassland Road and Well Street, Hackney E9 7AN. Ink on Paper, 21 x 14 cm. Copyright Pablo Bronstein, 2017. Courtesy Herald St, London and Galeria Franco Noero, Turin. Image Courtesy of RIBA

1-4 Cassland Road and Well Street, Hackney E9 7AN. Ink on Paper, 21 x 14 cm. Copyright Pablo Bronstein, 2017. Courtesy Herald St, London and Galeria Franco Noero, Turin. Image Courtesy of RIBA

I [Bronstein] am continuing a personal history of drawing recent buildings, focusing on an architecture so unloved, yet so endemic to Britain. It can be characterised as alluding to the Georgian, and has become a staple of every British landscape; it should be addressed as the most current British vernacular style. Yet its success, and its principal interest to me, is that of its ability to successfully and economically pander to delusions about our past, and to flatter our vanity of wealth and class. It is an architecture perfectly suited to the last thirty years of our history. 


1 Haverstock Street, Haverstock Place, Islington, N1 8BX. Ink on Paper, 21 x 14 cm. Copyright Pablo Bronstein, 2017. Courtesy Herald St, London and Galeria Franco Noero, Turin. Image Courtesy of RIBA

1 Haverstock Street, Haverstock Place, Islington, N1 8BX. Ink on Paper, 21 x 14 cm. Copyright Pablo Bronstein, 2017. Courtesy Herald St, London and Galeria Franco Noero, Turin. Image Courtesy of RIBA

428 Hackney Road, corner of Temple Street, E2 7AP. Ink on Paper, 21 x 14 cm. Copyright Pablo Bronstein. Courtesy Herald St, London and Galeria Franco Noero, Turin. Image Courtesy of RIBA

428 Hackney Road, corner of Temple Street, E2 7AP. Ink on Paper, 21 x 14 cm. Copyright Pablo Bronstein. Courtesy Herald St, London and Galeria Franco Noero, Turin. Image Courtesy of RIBA

132-135 Sewardstone Road, Victoria Park E2 9JQ. Ink on Paper, 21 x 14 cm. Copyright Pablo Bronstein, 2017. Courtesy Herald St, London and Galeria Franco Noero, Turin. Image Courtesy of RIBA

132-135 Sewardstone Road, Victoria Park E2 9JQ. Ink on Paper, 21 x 14 cm. Copyright Pablo Bronstein, 2017. Courtesy Herald St, London and Galeria Franco Noero, Turin. Image Courtesy of RIBA

Imperial House, Victory Place, Limehouse E14 8BQ. Ink on Paper, 21 x 14 cm. Copyright Pablo Bronstein, 2017. Courtesy Herald St, London and Galeria Franco Noero, Turin. Image Courtesy of RIBA

Imperial House, Victory Place, Limehouse E14 8BQ. Ink on Paper, 21 x 14 cm. Copyright Pablo Bronstein, 2017. Courtesy Herald St, London and Galeria Franco Noero, Turin. Image Courtesy of RIBA

The exhibition will open on September 21, 2017.

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