RUINS ARE MORE BEAUTIFUL, 2009

An empty exhibition that celebrates the renovation of Laboratorium (the Ujazdowski Castle complex’s only remaining original building for which Harvey created a project in 2003 when it was still in disrepair). The windows and doors in the new exhibition space were covered in plexi-glas mirrors hand-engraved with a drawing that located the new space in a tragic future where the adjacent Ujazdowski Castle (which was rebuilt in the 1970s) has been reduced to romantic forested ruins for a second time. Light sources behind the doors and daylight coming in through the windows create a drawing in light in which viewers see themselves in the otherwise empty space. Hand-engraved plexi-glas mirrors inserted into five windows (49” (124 cm) x 41” (104 cm) each), and into one door opening (39” (99 cm) x 81” (206 cm)) and an alcove (99” (251 cm) x 53” (134 cm)). Fluorescent lights in the window and alcove.

 
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