A free guided tour through the Ocaña. Der Engel, der in der Qual exhibition in English spoken language.
“Ocaña. Der Engel, der in der Qual singt” is the first exhibition in Germany about Ocaña, and marks what would have been his 75th birthday. This project conceived for the Schwules Museum celebrates his life and artistic creations, and emphasizes his brief but creative presence in Berlin by presenting the traces he left behind during his visit to the city.
The exhibition revolves around three audiovisual works: The documentary film “Retrat Intermitent” directed by Ventura Pons in 1978, a benchmark in the history of Spanish queer cinema, presented at the 1979 Berlin Film Festival, and the reason that brought Ocaña to Berlin. The second work is the performance “Ocaña, der Engel, der in der Qual singt” in front of Brandenburg Gate, filmed by Gérard Courant in 1979, which gives its name to the exhibition; and the last one, the film “Silencis”, directed by Xavier-Daniel presented in the 1983 Berlin Film Festival, months before Ocaña’s premature death.
A registration is not necessary. Participation is for free, only the entrance in the SMU itself has to be paid. Participation is only possible with a medical mask.
Photo: Ocaña in Berlin, 1979. Photo © Boris Lehman