Julian Rosefeldt’s “Manifesto” at MAC, Montreal

The Musee d’art Contemporain de Montreal (MAC) is hosting Julian Rosefeldt’s “Manifesto,” an exhibition showcasing the acclaimed 13-channel immersive video installation by the German artist. The exhibition is on view January 20, 2019.

Julian Rosefeldt is internationally renowned for his visually sumptuous and meticulously choreographed moving-image artworks, mostly presented as complex multi-screen installations. Rosefeldt, a professor of Digital and Time-based Media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany, finds inspiration for his works from the histories of film, art, and popular culture.  “Manifesto,” created in 2015, is a video installation consisting of 13 large-screen projections and stands as a tribute to the tradition and literary beauty of artist manifestos.

“Manifesto” lies at the crossroads between film, performance, and installation. The artwork/event shows the same actor Cate Blanchett, taking on various roles, allowing viewers to experience a series of scenes screened simultaneously.

“Each of the thirteen screens in ‘Manifesto’ presents the same actor (Cate Blanchett) taking on various roles: schoolteacher, homeless man, factory worker, puppeteer, scientist. All of the monologues spoken — actually, the only words spoken in the piece — are formed out of various artists’ manifestos published over the last 150 years or so. Rosefeldt offers us 13 collages, drawing on the writings of Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxus artists, Suprematists, Situationists, Dogme 95, and the musings of artists, architects, dancers and filmmakers, such as Claes Oldenburg, Yvonne Rainer, Kazimir Malevitch, Andre Breton, Elaine Sturtevant, Sol LeWitt and Jim Jarmusch,” the museum writes. “The result is a fascinating installation that reveals both the performative component and the political significance of these declarations.”

The exhibition is on view through January 20, 2019, at Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal, 185 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal, QC H2X 3X5, Canada.

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