Exhibition

Plotless Stories

The Films of Pere Portabella

02 Feb. to 28 Mar. 2001

Històries sense argument. el cinema de Pere Portabella

Històries sense argument. el cinema de Pere Portabella

The producer and filmmaker Pere Portabella (Figures, 1929) is renown for ongoing participation in cinematic and artistic practices since the fifties, and for his links to anti-Franco movements and his subsequent active involvement in the political and institutional sphere during the transition to democracy. Portabella’s films combine the social and political commitment of avant-garde film and art with the languages of cinematic rupture of the so-called “New Cinema” that emerged in the second half of the fifties.

Plotless Stories offered an overview of Portabella’s career through the articulation of a series of spaces and exhibition registers. His complete filmography was projected continuously in the Museum galleries, along with films by other filmmakers such as Michelangelo Antonioni, Ingmar Bergman, Luis Buñuel, Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, Roberto Rossellini, Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet and Antonio Saura. A documentary archive of films and videos was also available for consultation, along with a reading area offering an extensive bibliographic selection. Debates that suggested new historical approaches to Portabella’s body of work were also held in the archive space during the exhibition.

In parallel, a film programme was organised at the MACBA Auditorium with double sessions that linked Portabella’s work to that of other filmmakers. As a whole, the exhibition invited spectators to reflect on contemporary ways of narrating memory and history through audiovisual practices.

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Data inici:
From 23 Feb.
Data fi:
to 24 Feb. 2001
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