In the exhibition Splendide Hotel, held for the Crystal Palace, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (Strasbourg 1965) proposes a journey through which the viewer is transported to places and times where it is mixed with the imaginary and the real, bringing the artwork to beyond the meaning of the objects.
From his early work in the late eighties, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster continued to investigate the idea of space and time, concepts that underpin his career.
The architecture of the Crystal Palace this time becomes the core of your proposed exhibition, trying to revise through a new theatrical exercise, the context of the nineteenth century, when the building was constructed.
This date coincides with the year of construction of the Crystal Palace in Retiro Park, whose purpose was to house the exhibition of plants and flowers at the General Exhibition of the Philippine Islands. This is the idea of Splendide Hotel, that Gonzalez-Foerster want to move to Crystal Palace, recreating a single room in the hotel imagined.
A carpet covers the floor of the room and around several rocking chairs invite the viewer to sit and participate in the work, sinking into one of the many books that the artist selected for the occasion. José Rizal, Dostoevsky, Rubén Darío, HG Wells or Enrique Vila-Matas are some of the authors offered by French artist for this trip.
The exhibition happens between March 13th- August 31, 2014.