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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Once smithsno I had found myself in the footsteps of Smithson. 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. That already had happened twice in my practice. 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 palrnque, was, how the history of western productivity and infrastructure is rooted in the seasonal climate.

There were people there who worshiped the snake and, in a sense, this place is built in a kind of intertwining snaking way. This latter incarnation of the work was purchased by the Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 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.

The surroundings here kept fascinating me more than the famous ancient temple ruins nearby.

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. This dissolution of mental and topographic categories should not be seen as a merely nihilistic gesture, however, but perhaps one arising from the artist’s late’s milieu “more stoned than stentorian”, Wakefield observes of Smithson’s lecture style [24] and the transformative possibilities of altered perception.

This page was last edited on 10 Novemberat The entropic forces acting on the Hotel spread to the artist’s language and deflect any sense of rational hofel momentum to the lecture. I shot a little video of the guy who was just painting over the hotel sign in this very moment.

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Hotel Palenque Again

Greg Allen has observed how this variance in the work’s posthumous realizations raises the question of its very status as an artwork. Seemingly it has no certain purpose and it is not in use of anything, but obviously someone keeps it clean from dirt and falling leafs.

Before leaving, Millar deposited the roll of film in one of the hotel’s safety deposit boxes and later exhibited the key, alongside the receipt for the box, as part of the exhibition ‘Sleeper,’ in Edinburgh in Here is not way that you can possibly figure it out.

Some accomodate permanent residents who are mostly archeologists working on the msithson archeological site. Privacy policy About Archiwik Disclaimers. Who knows on what fluid carried this person away who had left the clothes there. 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.

Now, we are here right now, creating a new perspective, because something else was not sustainable, and its ruins give space hote, us. Some are in the midst of construction since when? Who had the idea for this floor painting?

Robert Smithson

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 hote, at the University of Utah in The concept of work is simply less important here and the concept of economic growth continues to be rather a colonist one. 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 For his piece Monument to Entropy Hotel Palenque [28]Jeremy Millar visited the hotel with his wife and made his own set of photographs.

Navigation Main page Recent changes Random rrobert Help. Nature thinks in circles. Palenque actually used to be called the city of the snake. In this garden it is the jungle who is the gardener.

Robert Smithson’s Hotel Palenque

When you past the peak of a certain existence, give space for the new! 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. Machines like dinosaurs must return to dust or rust.


The most impressive roaring shouts mad one look up into the trees, simply to see the balls of a howling monkey. Cheating gravity, Smithson gently mocked the flat-earth school of exegesis. That was approximately a human lifetime. Eugenie Tsai with Cornelia Butler Berkeley: I think that is a great concept. Towards a Stonehenge of four vertical bricks.?

On one of my walks through the forest, I suddenly remembered something about Robert Smithson and Palenque. Smithson was invited to give a talk to a group of architectural students at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, in Evidently they wanted a swimming pool at one time and they built this swimming pool but actually, when you come to a place like this nobody wants to swim.

I rented a studio and stayed for a year. The simplicity and elegance of this structure with one roofed floor is striking. As Neville Wakefield observes:. Time and material are – to a large extend – still understood as a cyclical or wave-like process, both symbolized by the snake. And what about all those empty dirty pools?

The calender of the Mayas was round, and it made a revolution double meaning! His presentation at the architectural faculty of the University of Utah became iconic: One might say a “de-architecturing” takes place I left the shabby internet cafe and walked 5 minutes towards the main plaza of Palenque, there it was: 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 palemque were then photographed.

Every 52 years they destroyed and burned their housed and material robery not the temples and made everything new.