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Albert Serra. Roi Soleil

Venue: Fundació Antoni Tàpies
Aragó, 255
08007 Barcelona
Price: From 5.5€ to 7€

Albert Serra (Banyoles, 1975) is emblematic of a cinema that can be found in film houses as well as in museums. His work has erased the differences between these two institutions by emphasising that what counts is the viewer, often seduced by strange settings and actors from the author’s immediate surroundings. His work is not limited to film festivals, but in recent years he has participated in Documenta 13 with Three Little Pigs; the Catalan Pavilion of the Venice Biennale with Singularity; and in the production of Liberté at the Volksbühne, Berlin.

Roi Soleil (2017), a work related to the film The Death of Louis XIV (2016), will be presented at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies. Serra manages to fuse performance and installation to create, as the critic Olaf Möller said, a ‘minimalist beast’ bathed in red neon light. The images of Roi Soleil were recorded in 2017 in the Galeria Graça Brandão (Lisbon), with Lluís Serrat interpreting the role played by Jean-Pierre Léaud in the homonymous film. In Serra’s words, ‘before the visitors of an art gallery, an actor stages the slow agony of the French monarch Louis XIV, until his death, in a physical and psychological challenge of remarkable complexity’.

Roi Soleil is a reflection on the visual meaning of the actor’s face and the deep mystery behind all genuine interpretation. The three essential dimensions of this moribund body, the person, the actor (the vain person who is conscious of being filmed) and the character, are questioned and fused with sensuality and innocence.

The project will be presented at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies with the support and collaboration of Albert Serra and Montse Triola.