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The Museum of Fiction

Video installation performance

The Museum of Fiction proposes a dialogue regarding the shift that dramatic action can provokein a museum-collection-conservation-exhibition-time system. By challenging fiction’s temporal-spatiallimits, it tries to find a possible “museumification”, or a unique way to keep the dramatic construction for the present and future collective memory. At the same time, it frees the spectator from their traditional passivity in order to redirect them to afounding role in the creation of dramatic action.


The first piece of the Museum of Fiction, Empire, is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth. This version, which takes place in post-dictatorship, nineties Spain, reveals fiction as political and social mediation tool, creating a mix between entertainment industry, the current mechanisms of power, and the rage caused by the clash between tradition and globalization. 

The piece EMPIRE for The Museum of Fiction is a co-production by dFERIA, San Telmo Museoa, Donostia Kultura, Studio Matías Umpierrez. Special thanks for the support of The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

Concept of the Museum of Fiction

A museum usually preserves and exhibits objects or documents that display several aspects of human existence and its surroundings for the knowledge of present and future generations. We recognize, among others, the monographic, archaeological, natural, historical, scientific, agricultural, technical and art museums. In that last typology, we could name museums of visual arts, sculpture and painting, as well as museums of cinema, theater or television, where the tools are exposed as sole tangible witnesses of the scene, since dramatic action tends to disappear when the devise for which it was created is violated.

But…how can fiction be displayed in a museum?

The Museum of Fiction (Museo de la Ficción®) gathers a series of performance installations, created by artist Matías Umpierrez, which look into the shift that fiction or dramatic action can provoke, in a system of museum-collection-preservation-exhibition-time. These works challenge the spatial and temporary limits of fiction in order to find a possible “museumification”or a singular way of storing a dramatic work for the present and future collective memory. It also frees the spectators from their usual passive role when it comes to fiction and gives them a fundamentally active role as the only possible link for the creation of dramatic action.The pieces of this museum, as well as several works of its creator, will change cities, locations, conflicts and languages in order to generate a global perspective of the project. They are all dramatic pieces that were recorded to be displayed in audiovisual devices.

The Museum of Fiction



Idea & Concepto: Matías Umpierrez

Producción en gira: Laura G. Cortón

Coordinación técnica de la Exhibición: Gustavo Valera / Ultra-Lab

Distribución Internacional: Iva Horvat & Elise Garriga / Art Republic


Film team credits:

Cast: Ángela Molina, Robert Lepage, Elena Anaya, Chema Tena, Adolfo Fernández, Ana Torrent, Tessa Andonegui, Javier Pereira, Javier Tolosa, Astrid Jones, Boré Buika, Alfonso Bassave, Tony Lam, Ziyi Yan, Olalla Hernández, Noa Sanchez Jiménez, Ángeles Arenas Ruiz

Visual Design, Script and Director: Matías Umpierrez | Line Producer: Mariano Piñeiro | Production Manager: Daniela Girod | Music: Rafael Sucheras | DoP: Javier Cortes | Post production Director: Israel Almendro | Costume Director: Anais Ibañez, Paola Barrachina Doñate | First AD: Patricia Ordás | Art Director: Matías Umpierrez | Art Coordinator: Laura Lostalé | Sound Engineer: José Perea | Sound post production: Estudios La Panadería | Second AD: Carolina Gonzalez | Art Assistant: Andrea Lasanta | Property Manager: Sara Virumbrales | Chief Constructor: Elena C. Galindo, Amaya Cortaire Ciordia | Make up Artists & Hair Dressers: Felisa Ventas Cosano, María Perucho López, Xenia Tío, Ainhoa Rojo, Leyre Ballesteros, Lucía Juez | Making off: Samuel Sánchez | Photos: Studio Matías Umpierrez | Photo Assistant & Photo post-production: Matías Tavolaro | Wardrobe Assistant: Laura Sueiro García | Assistant  Production: Alejandro de Lucas, Irina Dancourt, Gemma Galán | 1st Assistant Camera Operator: Kike Muñoz | 2st Assistant Camera Operator: Rodrigo Plácido | Assistant Sound Engineer: David Suarez | Gaffer: Oscar Alejano | Electrician: Eduardo Luzón, Álvaro David Gómez | Grip: Antonio Jesus Camacho López, La Guadaña |  Post-production Coordinator: Elena Iglesias | Editor: Israel Almendro | Telecine:  Eduardo Valdera | Vfx, Sfx supervisor: Javier Garrido, Néstor Benito, Carlos Sánchez, Alejandro Pérez | 3D Animation: Chema Mateo | 2D Animation: Reyes Álvarez | Audio Mix: Martín Longoni, Rafael Sucheras | Mastering: Lucas Piedra Cueva, Rafael Sucheras | English Subtitles: Sabrina Grosman | Lights and Studio Rental: Oscylight | Cámara Rental: Camaleón Cine


Victor Manuel Blandin Herraez, Catalina Bono Zarate, Christian Garon, Roberto Garrido de la Cruz, Isabel Hernanz, Carmen Ibeas, Elimer León Moreno, Jorge López Sánchez, Pablo Márquez Fernández, María Cristina Medina, Paúl Moré García, Pilar Moreno, Antonia Payeras, Tayron Pérez Montenegro, Americo Pellizzari Videla, Ángeles Rivera López, Victoria Rojas, Dora Ivanova Slavilova, Matías Tavolaro, Niko Verona, Guillermo Villaescusa.

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