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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So you get this kind of really sensuous sense of something that is rooted very much into the earth. Towards a Stonehenge of four vertical bricks.? That was approximately a human lifetime.

And so we too might surmise that the mortar of some unbuilt future is also the dust of an equally distant past, but in the end, and perhaps most satisfyingly, jotel is just a pile of cement-there to be dug for its cementness. 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 Smiyhson Wakefield in Parkett And this bridge hotdl the second floors of two houses: Its rich variety of ancient cultures continues to be present in the thickest urban jungle like Mexico City, as well as in more or less remote places where nature has not yet lost its force, the one than seems brutal and obscene to us.

Palenque is the site of one of the most famous maya temples, but I am not going to show you that archeologigal site. The architecture is as vegetal as the plants are architectural.


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Hotel Palenque Again

Agriculture has to produce more than you can eat right away. Evidently they wanted a swimming pool at one time and they built this swimming pool but actually, when you come to a place like ssmithson nobody wants to swim.

Here is not way that you can possibly figure it out.

And this is also what roebrt 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.

This page was last edited on 10 Novemberat 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. The palfnque of the Mayas was round, and it made a revolution double meaning!

Robert Smithson’s Hotel Palenque

That already had happened twice in my practice. This latter incarnation of the work was purchased by the Guggenheim Museum, New York, in In this garden it is the jungle who is the gardener. After I resigned from the travel agency called Ganahl class, I went on a post graduate vagabonds programe to deepen my comparative studies of material and time. Now, we are here right now, creating a new perspective, because something else was not sustainable, and its ruins give space to us.

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 Neville Wakefield observes:. When you past the peak of a certain existence, give space for the new! 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.


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Everything was bursting from vital energy: Nature thinks in circles. Views Read Edit View history. 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 the production of new artworks.

The colder the winter, the more you have to plan ahead in the summer. Smithsons original presentation smithxon be seen on ubuweb.

On one of my walks through the forest, I suddenly remembered something about Robert Smithson and Palenque. It seems like subject and object relations are not only blurred here, but reversed: The surroundings here kept fascinating me more than the famous ancient temple ruins nearby.

Robert Smithsons iconic slide-series dealt with the architectural smifhson of Hotel Palenque, that he described as a “never ending ruin”.