PELES EMPIRE is a collaborative project by Katharina Stöver and Barbara Wolff founded 2005 in Frankfurt.
The project borrows its name from the Romanian castle Peles on the foot of the Carpathian mountains. The rooms in Cluj and London are reproduced rooms from this castle, which was build between 1873 and 1914 and clashes different architectural styles from art deco, rococo, renaissance and gothic. The project takes this thought of reproduction on, reproduces rooms from the castle in simple colour or black and white copies, and merges it with the rooms it inhabits. In the coming year the project will be inviting artists also dealing with reproduction or transformation in their work to explore the shifts through revisiting and reproducing as well as the functionality of spaces.
Peles Empire will be running a parallel program in London and Cluj, as both spaces will be reproducing different versions of the same room and one artist will be exhibiting in both spaces at the same time, or one exhibition will be spreading across both spaces.
Katharina Stöver and Barbara Wolff have reproduced nine rooms of the castle in Frankfurt, London, Los Angeles, Antwerp, Basel, and Bremen in the past six years and have organized over 30 exhibitions within the spaces.