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Exhibition, Films, Talks & Events

Albert Serra

Liberté

8 June — 29 September 2024

still from Liberté (Albert Serra, FR/DE/PT/ES 2019)

still Liberté (Albert Serra, FR/DE/PT/ES 2019)

This exhibition offers a bewildering total experience, blending theatrical and cinematic elements, inviting visitors into a world reminiscent of the vibrant landscapes of rococo painters Jean-Honoré Fragonard and François Boucher, combined with the contemporary atmosphere of cruising zones. Amidst the grand projected scenes from Liberté, Serra engages participants in a captivating game of observation and participation, exploring the essence of 'ultimate freedom'

Eye Filmmuseum presents the first exhibition in the Netherlands about the work of Catalan film and theatre director Albert Serra. Transforming the entire exhibition space into an immersive stage, Serra orchestrates nocturnal and clandestine encounters where theatre, cinema, and art converge.

still from Liberté (Albert Serra, FR/DE/PT/ES 2019)

still Liberté (Albert Serra, FR/DE/PT/ES 2019)

Explicit content: Viewer discretion is advised for this exhibition

still from Liberté (Albert Serra, FR/DE/PT/ES 2019)

still Liberté (Albert Serra, FR/DE/PT/ES 2019)

This exhibition marks a fresh phase in Serra's reinterpretation of his play Liberté. We observe a gathering of French aristocrats who, fleeing the confines of Louis XVIII's conservative court, rendezvous with Prussian allies in a forest clearing. Here, they exchange libertine notions of freedom reminiscent of those exposed to the work of the Marquis de Sade.

As the moon rises higher, the freethinkers scatter into the forest, pursuing intimate connections that blur the boundaries of societal norms and physical limitations. Among the trees or cramped within their carriages, they partake in a dance of revelation and secrecy, a captivating blend of observation and tactile discovery.

still from Liberté (Albert Serra, FR/DE/PT/ES 2019)

still Liberté (Albert Serra, FR/DE/PT/ES 2019)

How far are we willing to release our self-control in the quest for total liberation?

Watch the exhibition trailer:

On the edge of a dark forest, a man in an 18th century costume with a white powdered wig looks into the distance

About Albert Serra

Albert Serra, born in 1975 in Banyoles, Spain, boasts a portfolio spanning ten feature films, short films, video installations, and theatrical productions. Recognised for his bold and thought-provoking cinema, Serra challenges established norms and conventions with his subversive narratives. Drawing from European myths and literature, he reinterprets the tales of iconic figures like Don Quixote, Casanova, and Dracula to explore contemporary themes such as freedom, obscured power dynamics, and moral ambiguity. Through his unique blend of fiction and friction, Serra fearlessly confronts the perceived hypocrisy of modern society.

In 2001, Serra set up the production company Andergraun Films. His debut film Honor de cavalleria (2006) was selected by Cahiers du Cinéma as one of the ten best films of 2007. He won the Golden Leopard at Locarno Film Festival in 2013 for Història de la meva mort (2013), and bagged the Prix Jean Vigo in 2016 for La mort de Louis XIV (2016). Liberté received the Un Certain Regard - Special Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival in 2019. Pacifiction (2022), his most recent feature film, was selected for the Golden Palm competition at Cannes in 2022.

For Documenta 13 he made Three Little Pigs, a 101-hour film presentation based on the historical figures of Goethe, Hitler and Fassbinder. A retrospective of work by Serra was held at the Centre Pompidou in 2013. In 2019, Serra adapted images from Liberté into the two-channel installation titled Personalien that was shown at Reina Sofia.

still from Liberté (Albert Serra, FR/DE/PT/ES 2019)

still Liberté (Albert Serra, FR/DE/PT/ES 2019)

still from Liberté (Albert Serra, FR/DE/PT/ES 2019)

still Liberté (Albert Serra, FR/DE/PT/ES 2019)

poster Albert Serra  – Liberté

Films, Talks & Events

On the edge of a dark forest, a man in an 18th century costume with a white powdered wig looks into the distance

still Liberté (Albert Serra, FR/DE/PT/ES 2019)

Free guided tour

Every Sunday (except 7 July) at 14:00 and 15:00, a guide takes you on a tour (in Dutch) through the exhibition upon presentation of a valid exhibition ticket.

Once a month, a special tour for people who are deaf and hard of hearing is organised (Dutch Sign Language, minimum level B2). We'll announce the dates as soon as possible. Sign up for free via rondleiding@eyefilm.nl.

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still from Liberté (Albert Serra, FR/DE/PT/ES 2019)

still Liberté (Albert Serra, FR/DE/PT/ES 2019)

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