Haus der Kunst

Stan Douglas

20 Jun - 12 Oct 2014

Stan Douglas
Hastings Park, 16 July 1955, from Crowds and Riots, 2008
© Stan Douglas, courtesy of the artist, David Zwirner, New York/London and Victoria Miro, London
Mise en scène
20 June - 12 October 2014

Known for his film and installation works, whose montages are characterized by coincidence and lost utopias of the 20th century, and complex sonic arrangements Stan Douglas (born 1960) is a significant figure in the international art scene. In recent years, the photograph has assumed an independent place in the work of the Canadian artist. The exhibition presents a selection of his most recent large-scale works in this field. Unlike his early documentary photography, Douglas now explores historical issues such as emancipation movements, based on the example of Vancouver in "Crowds and Riots" (2008), or cultural phenomena based on the example of disco music in "Disco Angola" (2012). For "Midcentury Studio" (2010-11), the artist slipped into the role of a fictional documentary photographer to portray his hometown of Vancouver in the years following the Second World War. Douglas chooses actors, costumes and props carefully and makes use of production practices from the film industry.

Stan Douglas has broken fresh ground with the theater production of "Helen Lawrence": The actors' performance will be filmed on stage in Munich and this film is instantaneously inserted into a computer-generated setting. "Helen Lawrence" will run as a guest performance at the theater Münchner Kammerspiele simultaneous to the exhibition.

"Stan Douglas: Mise en scène" is a coproduction between Carré d'Art in Nîmes and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.

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