Absolute Duration – the title comes from Sigmund Freud’s essay On Transience – is a collaborative exhibition project between Michael Huey, Miguel Branco (PT), and Wolfgang Wirth (AT), conceived for Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa and situated in five rooms of the Palácio Pombal in Lisbon. Though each artist has a room to himself, the show nevertheless functions as an overall installation, with related works by all three artists coming together in the two largest spaces. (The images here highlight the installations/works by MH.) By moving into the ground floor of this decaying grand palace, art sets temporary parameters for itself in which it can feel at home, knowing, nevertheless, that absolute duration is unattainable.
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Installation View #1
View toward installation Boy’s Room (2017) with Damaged Boy (2014)
Installation View #2
Installation Boy’s Room (2017) with Damaged Boy (2014)
Installation View #3
Installation Boy’s Room (2017) with wallpaper based on vintage images, conceived for this space
Installation View #4
View toward object Big Diary no. 1 (1958-1964) (2017)
Installation View #5
Object Big Diary no. 1 (1958-1964) (2017), detail