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OPENINGS: PABLO BRONSTEIN

Pablo Bronstein, Plaza Minuet, 2006. Installation view, Tate Britain, London.

PABLO BRONSTEIN KNOCKED DOWN London Bridge and commissioned two architects—ostentatious postmodernist Terry Farrell and eighteenth-century purveyor of Neoclassical elegance William Chambers—to collaborate on its replacement, a passé riot of disharmonious ornament crowned with a giant precariously balanced globe. He seated Filippo Juvarra, Baroque pioneer of illusionistic perspectives for theater sets and designer of basilicas, at a draftsman’s desk beside Michael Graves, architect of Disneyland’s resort hotels, and left them to foment an unholy mix of elegant piazzas and pyramid-topped dwellings glowing a sickly yellow. He restructured aspects of Rome’s Piazza del Popolo in the style of seventeenth-century architect Carlo Rainaldi. What’s more, the twenty-nine-year-old Buenos Aires–born, London-bred Bronstein pulled off all this (and dozens more implausible projects

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