Michael Asher

Palais Des Beaux Arts- Brussels

It took Michael Asher five years to complete his project here. It focuses on the architect of the Palais des Beaux Arts, Victor Horta, who created buildings that are the embodiment of art-nouveau architecture in Belgium. In the Horta Museum Asher had found a small publication in which Horta had published his photographs of various water-works projects by William Mulholland. Perhaps it was this book that inspired Asher to consider Horta and Mulholland together. Mulholland became famous in 1928 when a dam he had constructed in the vicinity of Los Angeles burst. Both men were represented in the first room by a chronology of their most important projects, in the second by journalistic information about their work. It is perhaps “deformation” and not “information” that was presented here since only partial views of their works were shown. On one side there were pictures and reports of the dam

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