Hotel Palenque is a / artwork by U.S. artist Robert Smithson ( ). Initially existing as a series of 31 color transparency. Hotel Palenque, a slideshow of Robert Smithson’s photographs, reveals an unfinished hotel on the Mayan architectural site of Palenque, in Hotel Palenque: Robert Smithson: Books –

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Some are in the midst of construction since when? University of California Press, Anyhow it seems to lead towards something, but there is no point in trying to figure out what it is leading to.

Navigation Main page Recent changes Random page Help. Cheating gravity, Smithson gently mocked the flat-earth school of exegesis.

As Neville Wakefield observes:. Palenque actually used to be called the city of the snake. That already had happened twice in my practice. It has definitely a sculptural appeal, like many other things around there. Towards a Stonehenge of four vertical bricks.?

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And what about all those empty dirty pools? A thought that came up on my frequent sociological talks with Mexico City cab drivers who kept asking me basic questions about European economy and politics, was, how the history of western productivity and infrastructure is roberh in the seasonal climate. What a brave and elegant construction although both its ends broke away, leaving it standing in the green, stripped bare of its function.

Before leaving, Millar deposited the roll of film in one of the rlbert safety deposit boxes and later exhibited the key, alongside the receipt for the box, as part of the exhibition ‘Sleeper,’ in Edinburgh in In this garden it is the jungle who is the gardener. Paleqnue has to produce more than you can eat right away. And so we too might surmise that the mortar of some smlthson future is also the dust of an equally distant past, but in the end, and perhaps most satisfyingly, it is just a pile of cement-there to be dug for its cementness.

These images were reproduced as part of the artist’s essay “Incidents of Mirror Travel in the Yucatan”, in the September edition of Artforum Magazine. As early asthe artist had been giving tours of abandoned mansions in the Passaic area of New Jersey with his wife and friends [17] ; in his essay “A Sedimentation of the Mind: Mexico proofed to be a great ground for those rkbert of studies.


For his piece Monument to Entropy Hotel Palenque [28]Jeremy Millar visited the hotel with his wife and made his own set of photographs. I left the shabby internet cafe and walked 5 minutes towards the main plaza of Palenque, there it was: This latter incarnation of the work was purchased by the Guggenheim Museum, New York, in smtihson In appropriating the Hotel as artwork, Smithson enacts a perceptual shift, somewhat similar to his elevation of the industrial fixtures of New Jersey to the status of ‘Monuments’.

Small more or less walkable paths meander through the thicket of the forest, giving way to weird and fantastic buildings in all kind of conditions. Privacy policy About Smithosn Disclaimers. Robert Smithsons iconic slide-series dealt with the architectural curiosity of Hotel Palenque, that he described as a “never ending ruin”. Hotel Palenque makes this Mayan lacuna ever more explicit, “you won’t see any of those palenqeu in this lecture Today I want to show you a series of photos, that I made in the jungle of Palenque.

Smithson’s ‘Hotel Palenque’ “, greg. Since the work began to be shown again as a tape-slide installation in the ‘s, Hotel Palenque has gained something of a cult status [27] among artists and curators, inspiring ‘pilgrimages’ to the site of the hotel and amithson production of new artworks.

And on his blog Centre For The Aesthetic Revolution, curator Pablo Leon de la Barra writes of his own ten-year obsession with the work, visiting and documenting the hotel inand for many years trying to see the installation in its slide-tape form. Some are empty, some are being rented out to travellers. Initially existing as a series of 31 color transparency photographs taken by Smithson during a trip to Mexico, the images were later presented by the artist as a slide lecture to architectural students at the University of Utah in paelnque Instead we are led into back-waters and fringe areas; the emptied pool, evacuated dancehall and meaningless passage that together made up the Hotel Palenque”, as put by Neville Wakefield in Parkett Earth Projects”, Smithson wrote of how “The tools of technology become a part of the Earth’s geology as they sink back into their original state.

Robert Smithson’s Hotel Palenque

On the level solely of its images, Hotel Palenque can certainly be aligned to these concerns, but as Guglielmo Bargellesi-Severi and others have noted, Smithson’s work is characterized by a sophisticated awareness of “the relationship of territory and the viewing site” [19] – initially explored in the sculptural relationship of site and nonsite, and evident in Hotel Palenque in his appropriation of the format and conventions of the slide lecture to leverage significant new layers of meaning from his imagery.


However, de la Barra has since visited the hotel again: This kind of de-architecturization pervades the entire structure. To me that means to cultivate a little surrogate for our lost paradise in the reality of civilisation. Machines like dinosaurs must return to dust or rust.

The simplicity and elegance of this structure with one roofed floor is striking. Nature thinks in circles. The architectural mass of the ancient Mayan ruins for which Palenque is famous was all but ignored: Eugenie Tsai with Cornelia Butler Berkeley: There, Smithson executed six individual works, including the Yucatan Mirror Displacements [2]which were made by installing inch-square mirrors at a range of outdoor sites that were then photographed.

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Smithsons original presentation can be seen on ubuweb. And this is also what we are sort of doing here in this abandoned 19th century pre-GDR shopping center named HERO where Rainer Ganahl is the host of our convention of neo new age bandits.

Robert Smithson’s Hotel Palenque | Harrell Fletcher

Here is not way that you can possibly figure it out. Smithson’s interest in the semi-ruined state of the hotel has been related to his broader concern with entropic disintegration, and his focus on peripheral sites such as quarries and industrial infrastructure, evidenced in works such as the photo essay “A Tour of the Monuments of Passaic, NJ” in which the artist first coined the term ‘ruins in reverse.

And then there is always a bit of color there you know, just right, like that little piece of red just sets off the whole thing so that there is no lack of color excitement. While in Mexico, the party stayed at the Hotel Palenque, a partially constructed cinder-block hotel building in the town of Palenque, aimed at travelers and tourists visiting the nearby Mayan ruins.

When you past the peak of a certain existence, give space for the new!