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NEWSText: Aya Shomura

Julian Rosefeldt "Manifesto", 2014/2015, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015

Julian Rosefeldt “Manifesto”, 2014/2015, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015

Berlin based artist Julian Rosefeldt started his solo exhibition “Manifesto” at Hamburger Bahnhof. Rosefeldt is renowned not only for his photography but also for his elaborately staged films. The longing for manifestos continues uninterrupted today. This is shown by Rosefeldt’s new film installation Manifesto: 13 films running in parallel bring angry, youthful, and amazingly current sounding words to the screen.

In fact, Rosefeldt collaged historical original texts from numerous manifestos by artists, architects, choreographers, and filmmakers — including texts by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Tristan Tzara, Kazimir Malevich, André Breton or Jim Jarmusch. Many of them reveal a surprisingly theatrical and literary power. The vitality and the fury of a young generation is inscribed in the thematic and performative energy of the proclamations. Rosefeldt has condensed this power in text collages.

By way of cutting back and combining the texts of various figures, 13 poetic monologues emerged. Julian Rosefeldt combined them with his interest in the work and lifeworlds of the present, bringing the new manifesto texts in this work together with situations of today, with women holding public speeches or interior monologues. They are all embodied and presented by the Australian actress Cate Blanchett. Till July 10th.

Julian Rosefeldt “Manifesto”
Date: February 10th – July 10th, 2016
Open: 10:00 – 18:00 (Thursday till 20:00, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00)
Closed on Monday
Place: Hamburger Bahnhoff Contemporary Art Museum
Address: Invalidenstraße 50-51, 10557 Berlin
Admission: 10 Euro
Tel: +49 (0)30 266 424242

Text: Aya Shomura

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