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December 16, 2018 – March 24, 2019
Conversation Piece | Part V
(There is no longer any beauty except in the struggle)
Fondazione Memmo, Rome (group show) 
 
The exhibition is dedicated to Italian and foreign artists temporarily present in Rome. The subtitle There is no longer any beauty except in the struggle comes from a passage of the Futurist Manifesto, published by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in 1909 inthe French newspaper Le Figaro.This seminal text refers to the work of the artist as a way of taking up a political and intellectual position – as staking a claim to an autonomy and freedom that effects the civil sphere – but also as a manifestation of the self, andof a more interior and intimate dimension.
 
The works on show will be – in different ways and with different meanings – “manifestos” of several aesthetic approaches and practices, with which the artists will enter into dialogues between each other, as well as with the spaces of the Fondazione Memmo and with Rome itself, a city that has always been the epitome of artistic research, a privileged place for the production of works of art, and the inspiration of many theories that transcend the prevailing styles and tastes.
 
Julian Rosefeldt has devised a performance for the inauguration of the exhibition, inspired by the iconography of the equestrian monument and the concept of authority that is associated with it. Four living horses will enter the ancient stables of Palazzo Ruspoli, with decorative saddlecloths on which somearticles of the Italian Constitution will be embroidered. The textof these articles deals with the concept of equality and the dignity of the person, without any distinctions of sex, race, language, religion, political opinions, or social conditions – values in the Western civilisation we took for granted but which are suddenly put into question by populist movements all over the world.
 
For further information please see: www.fondazionememmo.it
 
 
 
October 27, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto
Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles (solo show) 
 
The 13-channel film installation Manifesto (2015) pays homage to the moving tradition and literary beauty of artist manifestos, ultimately questioning the role of the artist in society today. Manifesto draws on the writings of Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxus artists, Suprematists, Situationists, Dogme 95 and other artist groups, and the musings of individual artists, architects, dancers and filmmakers.
 
Rosefeldt’s work reveals both the performative component and the political significance of these declarations. Often written in youthful rage, they not only express the wish to change the world through art but also reflect the voice of a generation. Exploring the powerful urgency of these historical statements, which were composed with passion and conviction by artists many years ago, Manifesto questions whether the words and sentiments have withstood the passage of time.
 
For further information please see: www.hauserwirth.com
 
Julian Rosefeldt, Manifesto, 2015 © Julian Rosefeldt and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018
 
 
October 20, 2018 – January 20, 2019
Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal (solo show) 
 
The 13-channel film installation Manifesto (2015) pays homage to the moving tradition and literary beauty of artist manifestos, ultimately questioning the role of the artist in society today. Manifesto draws on the writings of Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxus artists, Suprematists, Situationists, Dogme 95 and other artist groups, and the musings of individual artists, architects, dancers and filmmakers.
 
Rosefeldt’s work reveals both the performative component and the political significance of these declarations. Often written in youthful rage, they not only express the wish to change the world through art but also reflect the voice of a generation. Exploring the powerful urgency of these historical statements, which were composed with passion and conviction by artists many years ago, Manifesto questions whether the words and sentiments have withstood the passage of time.
 
For further information see: www.macm.org
 

Julian Rosefeldt, Manifesto, 2015 © Julian Rosefeldt and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018