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September 13 – October 12, 2019

Il Mondo Animale
Galerie Klüser, Munich (group show)

Following last year’s exhibition ‘Il Mondo Botanico’, Galerie Klüser is now dedicating a comprehensive show to the animal world on occasion of VARIOUS OTHERS 2019: ‘Il Mondo Animale’. In cooperation with the New York gallery Sperone Westwater, Galerie Klüser is presenting an ensemble of most diverse artistic perspectives on the real as well as the mythical fauna. ‘Il Mondo Animale’ opens the view to the artistic involvement with the animal world, the constant actuality of the subject and the diverse manifestations of the animal motif in contemporary art.
One room is dedicated to Julian Rosefeldt’s La parola è sempre l’avanguardia dell’azione (2018; The word is always the vanguard of action), in which the artist draws a line from the symbolism of equestrian monuments in art history to the current political situation in Italy. Four riderless horses gallop through Rome, on their saddlecloths excerpts of the Italian constitution, appearing as a reminding farewell to fundamental values of civilisation endangered nowadays by populist movements around the world.

'Il Mondo Animale' shows works by Claudio Abate, Stephan Balkenhol, Joseph Beuys, James Brown, Jan Fabre, Gregor Hildebrandt, Viktor Hugo, Alex Katz, Ute Klophaus, Robert Longo, Olaf Metzel, Lori Nix, Mimmo Paladino, Julian Rosefeldt, Cindy Sherman, Volker Tannert, Boyd Webb and William Wegman.

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Julian Rosefeldt, La parola è sempre l’avanguardia dell’azione, 2018 © Julian Rosefeldt and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

Julian Rosefeldt, La parola è sempre l'avanguardia dell'azione (The word is always the vanguard of action), 2018
© Julian Rosefeldt and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019


September 1 – September 30, 2019

Art. No Borders. Plovdiv.
Plovdiv European Capital of Culture 2019 Art Today Association (group show)
Curated by Ilina Koralova and Emil Mirazchiev

Art. No Borders. Plovdiv. takes place within the framework of Plovdiv European Capital of Culture 2019. The exhibition introduces internationally acclaimed artists from Europe, USA and Japan whose works deal with existential issues that are of crucial importance today. These affect countries and nations worldwide, the host city and country being no exception. The show evolves around three general chapters, which are closely linked: the continual growth of consumerism boosted by transnational capitalism, and how it drains natural resources and influences economic and political crises; the occurrence of natural disasters, which have now become a constant threat for mankind; the fragility of our lives and that of the planet.

Julian Rosefeldt shows his short film Asylum (2001/2002). In this work the artist examines and deconstructs the stereotypes associated with immigrant citizens and the idea of ‘the other’. A hundred and twenty ‘performers’, many of whom are immigrants living in asylum seekers’ hostels, literally ‘act out’ their existence as foreigners by repeatedly executing typical, cliché-ridden jobs in exuberant settings.
Far from adopting a documentary approach, the artist has constructed subjective and tightly controlled compositions – tableaux vivants, at times reminiscent of traditional fine art, at others playing on pure kitsch. The work questions a compliant ‘aesthetic correctness’ (in analogy to the concept of ‘political correctness’) in the contemporary art world, where an almost journalistic attitude is often seen as the only way of dealing with today’s political hot topics.

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Julian Rosefeldt, Asylum, 2001/2002 © Julian Rosefeldt and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Julian Rosefeldt, Asylum, 2001/2002 © Julian Rosefeldt and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

June 15, 2019 – January 5, 2020
MANIFESTO: Art x Agency
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC
Manifesto: Art x Agency is a group exhibition that examines the art historical impact of artist manifestos from the 20th century to present day. Organized by the Hirshhorn’s Chief Curator Stéphane Aquin, Manifesto: Art x Agency also marks the Washington, D.C., debut of German artist Julian Rosefeldt’s multichannel film installation, Manifesto, presented alongside a diverse selection of works from the museum’s permanent collection. Comprising more than 100 works of art and ephemera created over a hundred-year period, Manifesto: Art x Agency explores how artists used manifestos to engage with the political and social issues of their time and how contemporary practices still employ art as a tool in the making of history.
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Julian Rosefeldt, Manifesto, 2015 © Julian Rosefeldt and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
April 19 – September 29, 2019
Julian Rosefeldt. In the Land of Drought
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (solo show)

The NGV presents the Australian premiere of Julian Rosefeldt’s latest work, In the Land of Drought 2015/2017.

Shot entirely by drone in Morocco and Germany, In the Land of Drought 2015/2017 is set in an imaginary post-Anthropocene world and confronts the relationship between humanity and its impact on the world. The camera’s bird’s-eye view observes an army of ‘scientists’ emerging to investigate the archaeological remnants of civilisation after humanity has made itself extinct. Composed of meditative images and atmospheric sounds, the immersive 43-minute film resonates with current concerns about environmental damage and climate change.

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Julian Rosefeldt, In the Land of Drought, 2015/2017 © Julian Rosefeldt and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
January 15 – November 2, 2019
Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (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.
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Julian Rosefeldt, Manifesto, 2015 © Julian Rosefeldt and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019