Derelict hospital resuscitated into art gallery
An abandoned hospital has been brought back to life to become an art gallery as part of an two month immersive exhibition.
The site-specific event titled Human Condition, features work from over eighty different artists including famed photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and conceptual artist Jenny Holzer.
Located in West Adams, Los Angeles, California, USA, the venue was previously the Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Centre.
The 40,000 square foot venue that opened in 1971 was shut down in 2013, following economic decline in the neighbourhood.
Now art has been hung from the surgical rooms, maternity wards and a psychiatric floor of the dilapidated building.
The paintings and sculptures will be on view for the public until November 30.
According to organisers, the exhibit aims to re-contextualise the hospital’s history and explore what it means to be human.
The curator John Wolf said:”Human Condition explores humanity in its rawest form, in a space that houses humans in their most vulnerable states.
“The space was chosen as its a physical structure that contains myriad human emotions.
“Thousands of souls passed through the halls throughout different stages of life.
“My goal as an art advisor is for clients to feel emotion and find identity and purpose.
“The hospital is a space that elicits very strong emotion.
“It’s in this space that the art gets heightened to a transcendent level that allows people to feel deeply and question their own existence.
“The show captures the spirit of humanity in a way that could never be achieved in a white cubed gallery.
“A sense of abandonment, history and identity are explored through the art as well as the space.”