Exhibition Preview of Pablo Bronstein: Conservatism, or The Long Reign of Pseudo Georgian Architecture on Wednesday 20 September 2017

Britain’s most desirable house is firmly Georgian in style – according to successive polls, fevered property prices and enduring stylistic influences over time. Indeed, ‘Georgian’ architecture has been in fashion almost continually over the last 300 years. But just what is it that makes yesterday’s architecture so different, so appealing?

RIBA’s third commission, Pablo Bronstein: Conservatism, or The Long Reign of Pseudo Georgian Architecture, anchors around the practice of British-Argentinian artist Pablo Bronstein, and his exploration of ubiquitous neo-Georgian developments as an exemplar of a genuine British vernacular.

Fifty new drawings of contemporary buildings – constructed during the second half of the twentieth century but in an ostensibly ‘Georgian’ style – will be on display for the first time, alongside a selection of rarely-seen historical material from the RIBA’s prestigious Drawings Collection. Chosen by the artist, the archival material situates Bronstein’s drawings in the context of architectural practise through time, revealing long-cherished ideals about social aspiration, urban fabric, identity and representation.

From the RIBA Collections, renowned architectural figures such as Colen Campbell (1676-1729), Michael Searles (1751-1813) and Robert Adam (b.1948) are presented alongside lesser-known contributors to the late neo-Georgian style.

The exhibition is designed by Pablo Bronstein and architecture practice Apparata (Nicholas Lobo Brennan and Astrid Smitham) and will be open every day between September 21st and 11th February 2018.

Please join us for a curator-led tour at the opening of the exhibition on Wednesday 20 September 2017. For more information or to RSVP please contact Arina Zharikova on +44 (0)20 7307 3701 or Patrons@riba.org.

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