Opening of the exhibition “Interregnum” by Stan Douglas

Opening of the exhibition “Interregnum” by Stan Douglas

Next 21 October, at 19.00, the Museu Coleção Berardo opens an exhibition by Stan Douglas, entitled Interregnum.

In this exhibition Stan Douglas debuts the work The Secret Agent, an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s famous novella that transposes the plot to a situation following upon the revolution of 25 April 1974 in Portugal provided the historical and political context. The feature length film conceived as a cinematic installation was filmed in Lisbon in March 2015, with a large cast of Portuguese actors. The exhibition Interregnum brings together two other recent works relating to the same period, where the end of Portuguese colonialism, alongside other cultural manifestations such as free jazz and afrobeat, coincides with a multicultural, emancipatory project dreamed of at the end of this period, but upon which a new epoch, with new power configurations, was to superimpose itself. Disco Angola (2012) and Luanda-Kinshasa (2013) are works that address these questions, and were made while Stan Douglas was researching the transformation of Portuguese life in the decade of the 1970s, and the emergence of a new global order.

The exhibition can be visited for free until 14 of February at the museum floor -1. During the exhibition, the public is invited to participate in a program of activities and conversations that will be announced in due time.

On the occasion of the exhibition, the Museu Coleção Berardo publishes in collaboration with Archive Books, from Berlin, the book History and Interregnum. Three works by Stan Douglas, printing an extensive essay by Pedro Lapa, artistic director of the museum and curator of this exhibition, which analyzes the "trilogy" of works.

Exhibition support: Stan Douglas studio, David Zwirner gallery and Victoria Miro gallery.