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June 2 – October 28, 2018
In the Land of Drought
1st Rīga Biennial, Riga
 
The 1st Rīga Biennial will reflect on the phenomenon of change – how it is anticipated, experienced, grasped, assimilated and dealt with at this time of accelerated transitions and the increasing speeding up of our lives. 
 
Julian Rosefeldt will present his 1-channel film In the Land of Drought (2015/17). It confronts the relationship between man and his impact on the world. Set to atmospheric sounds and a pulsating hum, the 43-minute piece looks back from an imagined future upon the post-Anthropocene: the aftermath of significant human influence on Earth.
 
For further information see: www.rigabiennial.com
 
Julian Rosefeldt, In the Land of Drought, 2015/17 © Julian Rosefeldt and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018
 
 
April 24 – September 29, 2018
Hollywood and other Myths
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv (group show)
 
With Pierre Bismuth, Aukje Dekker, Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler, Jesper Just, Tom Pnini, Guido van der Werve and Francesco Vezzoli.
 
The exhibition focuses on the increasing affinity between video and cinema. The total rejection of Hollywood style and cinematic language of the 1960s and 1970s gradually turned in the 1990s to complex relations of enchanted fascination and dismissal. All the cinematic characteristics that made cinema into a thrilling medium are present here: high-volume emotions, high production value and a rich, all-encompassing soundtrack.
 
Julian Rosefeldt presents his five-channel film installation American Night (2009). It reflects upon the Western film genre by combining ‘the myth of the frontier’ with allusions to today’s hegemonial foreign policy in the USA.
 
For further information see: www.tamuseum.org.il
 
Julian Rosefeldt, American Night, 2009 © Julian Rosefeldt and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018
 
 
March 18 – August 28, 2018
The Fall of the Stars: Julian Rosefeldt | Albrecht Dürer | Johannes Gerson
Draiflessen Collection, Mettingen
 
Apocalyptic conceptions of the end of the world have fascinated mankind for centuries. This exhibition brings together two pictorially powerful visions of the end of time: Julian Rosefeldt’s work In the Land of Drought (2015/2017) and Albrecht Dürer’s illustrations for the Book of Revelation.
 
In his video installation, Julian Rosefeldt depicts a post-apocalyptic imaginary future in which man is inescapably confronted with the consequences of the overexploitation of the Earth’s resources. More than five-hundred years before Rosefeldt created his work, Albrecht Dürer illustrated the Bible’s foretelling of the end of the world with fifteen woodcuts. First published in 1498, the fanciful yet fear-inducing series responded to the mood of gloom and doom that prevailed as the turn of the century approached. Roughly contemporaneous with Dürer’s series is a Dutch printed edition of the eschatological proclamations of the theologian Jean Gerson. Provided with fifteen sequences of naive, vivid illustrations, this little book is a practical demonstration of the way in which people were to envision the portents of the end of the world and the Last Judgment.
 
For further information see: www.draiflessen.com
 
Julian Rosefeldt, In the Land of Drought, 2015/2017 © Julian Rosefeldt and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018