Gold Room (installatio), 2016 - Michel Comte from Neoclassic series

Gold Room Installation

250 x 250 cm
24 karat gold leaf

From early Olympia to the 20th century, neoclassicism has survived. Empires were built and crumbled. The style remains even today in fashion and design. With this exhibition I want to combine the essence of my vision representing neoclassicism. By creating sculptures with light and objects that connect us to the history of neoclassic art. From early Rome to fascism, empires and images mostly have been destroyed. The remaining fragments and ideology should re- mind us that each one of them was seeking perfection. Albert Speer’s Olympia stadium in Berlin hosted the most spectacular games. Dedicated to neoclassic perfection. The global neoclassic dream shortly after crumbled.

The variation and artworks and light sculptures especially created for this exhibi- tion are my personal analysis of the neoclassic style and time. The beauty of the surviving pieces remind me of the Pantheon and the Greek acropolis. Resting in perfect harmony. The essence of the coronation displaces power, control and the division of church and state. The beauty remains.

Artist Statement

Creating this installation was an exploration of neoclassicism's power and fragility, embodied in a room entirely cloaked in gold. The small hall leading to the central space, adorned with a reflection of the Holy Siege and the Cross of the Virgin Mary, symbolizes the grandeur and vulnerability inherent in this artistic period.

In delving into neoclassicism, I aimed to distill its essence by stripping away extraneous elements, revealing its simplicity and complexity. Through my work, I sought to justify this often-misunderstood period, using abstraction and symbolism to engage viewers in dialogue.

Neoclassicism, with its mixed styles and historical significance, permeates various aspects of our modern world, from fashion to politics. I draw parallels between neoclassical aesthetics and contemporary wealth and power, noting their recurrence in monumental structures like the Trump Tower.

Gold, a central motif in neoclassical art, fascinated me for its dual nature—both practical and decorative. Its delicate application in my work mirrors the fragility of the neoclassical era itself, while its cultural significance across civilizations adds depth to its symbolism.

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, gold holds practical value in technology and industry, making it a versatile and valuable material. Its recyclability speaks to its enduring nature, even as symbols of power rise and fall.