In Manifesto Julian Rosefeldt dissects and reassembles statements and declarations of artist groups from the 20th century, including the futurists, dadaists, fluxus artists and situationists, and individual artists such as Claes Oldenburg, Jim Jarmusch, Kazimir Malevich, Andre Breton and Yvonne Rainer.
These ‘new manifestos’ are strikingly delivered by Cate Blanchett as she inhabits thirteen different personas including a factory worker, a homeless man, a newsreader, a school teacher and a puppeteer.
“Manifesto is an homage to the beauty of artists’ manifestos – a manifesto of manifestos. I have used the title Manifesto as a clear statement that the focus in this work is above all on texts, whether by visual artists, filmmakers, writers, performers or architects – and on the poetry of these texts,” said Rosefeldt. “When you read a manifesto from the 1920s or even the 1960s, you still hear that original voice, that fervent desire to propel an idea into the world.”
“It is exciting to present this newly commissioned work alongside our modern and contemporary collection, because Manifesto opens up many big questions about the art of our time and its power to speak to the wider world. Do the impassioned words of modern artists still have relevance and urgency today?” said Justin Paton, Art Gallery of New South Wales head curator of international art.
“As well as collecting the art of the past, the Art Gallery of NSW works with artists in the present to help them make works of special ambition – and Manifesto is a spectacular example.”
Manifesto 2014-2015 is commissioned by a unique group of partners that includes the Art Gallery of New South Wales; ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image); Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; and Sprengel Museum, Hanover.
Art Gallery of New South Wales director Dr Michael Brand said the Gallery is thrilled to have such a significant and engaging new acquisition on display. “Julian Rosefeldt is a world-renowned artist with a substantial exhibition history and we are delighted to have Manifesto become a part of the Gallery collection,” said Dr Brand.
“It is also tremendous to have such a highly regarded visual artist collaborate with Cate Blanchett, one of our most talented actors. The result of their partnership is a challenging and thought provoking call to attention.”
Julian Rosefeldt is based in Berlin and is renowned for his visually opulent and meticulously choreographed moving image artworks. Inspired equally by art, film, architecture and the history of popular culture, he creates complex multi-screen installations that carry viewers into surreal, theatrical realms.
Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney
Continues to 13 November 2016
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Image: Julian Rosefeldt, Manifesto 2014-2015 © Julian Rosefeldt. VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, licensed by Viscopy, Sydney