The exhibitions of the 21/22 season focus on the figure of Fabià Puigserver, set designer, stage director and founder of the Teatre Lliure. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of his death and the 70th anniversary of his arrival in Warsaw, we dedicate two exhibition projects between Montjuïc and Gràcia, focused on his formative period in Poland, in the 50s, when the country was considered a mecca of the artistic and intellectual world.
09/30 - 06/30/22
‘Puigserver planned and built the Lliure as a vast container of mirrors, where even the spectators could see themselves as actors-observers on the other side of the fiction’.
The theatre space, the stageless stage box that Fabià Puigserver dreamt up, created a play of mirrors, as the dramaturg and director Jaume Melendres describes, which not only placed the audience within the fiction but also played with arranging them on different sides so they could gain different perspectives on the same action. It thus broke with the architectural perspective of the Renaissance, better known as the Italian style, and created a freer theatre.
In this photograph exhibition, we are also suggesting a play of mirrors, a first step towards a retrospective on Fabià Puigserver during his sojourn in Poland, where he encountered a new social and cultural landscape that proved to be essential in his years of training. Without that life experience, we would be unable to understand the artist we know today. And the mirrors also help us see ourselves reflected in his life because, the way the Teatre Lliure was conceived, neither life nor death has lost sight of us—we, the audience.
Slèvia is the pseudonym he used to sign his works when he was in Warsaw, and even a few of them after he had returned to Barcelona. By this name, he acknowledged both cities, and we have revived it as proof of the bridge he built between them, always crossing the two cultures, especially the two stage cultures. The texts we present are part of a conversation with his close friend, the architect of the new Lliure venue on Montjuïc, Manolo Núñez Yanowsky, who also has ties with Eastern Europe. In this conversation, Fabià explains the open choir as the way his life in Poland was, and his vision of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
The influence of the theatre from these European countries in reconstruction and the 30 years that have elapsed since the death of Fabià Puigserver converge this season in a retrospective that we are presenting both here and later in Montjuïc. Mirrors that tell us who Fabià was in Poland, and that reflect us, like a rear-view mirror, via the mementos that we conserve from that stage in his life.
[quote by Jaume Melendres (Fabià Puigserver / overseen by Guillem-Jordi Graells and Antonio Bueso. Diputació de Barcelona : Fundació Teatre Lliure: Associació d’espectadors del Teatre Lliure: Institut del Teatre, 1996. p. 71)].