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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
 
 
 
September 27 – November 18, 2018

NEWS FLASH
Kunsthaus Nürnberg im KunstKulturQuartier (group show)

The international group exhibition NEWS FLASH attempts a current assessment, studying how our customary view of news transmission and reception has changed and will continue to change as a result of new technologies. 

Julian Rosefeldt and his former collaborator Piero Steinle present excerpt 1 of their 2-channel video installation News (1998), for which they searched through the archives of German news programs of private and public TV from West and East Germany. The artists started to excerpt texts, sounds and gestures of newsreaders in order to reveal repetitive patterns within language and image. It becomes evident that even the news, which is expected to present an objective truth, shows a subjectively constructed version of reality. Certain topics are intentionally combined with specific images: harmless news such as the birth of zoo animals is included so viewers can digest war reports, insignificant images depict the outside of buildings housing politically important meetings, and so on.

For further information see: www.kunstkulturquartier.de 

Julian Rosefeldt / Piero Steinle, News, 1998 © Julian Rosefeldt, Piero Steinle and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

 

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