Pablo Bronstein Has Fun Opening Up a World of Deceit, Corruption, Beauty and Fantasy

Who could have foreseen it? A young Buenos Aires-born, London-based artist who does pseudo-18th-century architectural drawings of fantasy ceramics factories, set amid faux-mechanical renderings of early manufacturing equipment, interspersed with real (though equally fantastic) teapots, storming the ramparts of our bastion of serious art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Not even storming, but invited in. Impossible, unimaginable, fantastic.

And yet it's happened with the exhibition "Pablo Bronstein: We Live in Mannerist Times," now showing at MFAH. We should be grateful that someone could imagine it -- that would be Pablo Bronstein himself; that someone could foresee it at MFAH -- in this case, Director Gary Tinterow; and that someone, working with those two, could make it possible -- their collaborator in fantasy, Christine Gervais, MFAH associate curator of decorative arts and Rienzi, source of the teapots.

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Randy Tibbits is an independent art writer and curator, specializing in the art history of Houston. He is a member of the Board of Directors of CASETA: Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art and the coordinator of HETAG: Houston Earlier Texas Art Group. He writes art exhibition reviews for Houston Press from time to time.