Interview with Artist Julian Rosefeldt at the Opening of Manifesto: Art x Agency at the Hirshhorn
June 27, 2019
Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto is a multichannel film installation starring Cate Blanchett that uses excerpts from 54 political and social manifestos to create an immersive visual experience. In each of the thirteen segments, Blanchett take on a new persona to recite excerpts from the manifestos of a different movement, including Dadaism, surrealism, and pop art.
This installation is just one section of the Manifesto: Art x Agency exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. The two other sections feature a powerful display of the museum’s modern collection holdings and highlighted pieces of from the Hirshhorn’s permanent collection from the 1960s to the present day, respectively. This grouping will encompass works that provide a commentary on political movements and social change within contemporary contexts.
Politics play an important role in the exhibition. In an interview, Rosefeldt commented that though the work stays the same, the political context in which it is viewed can vary greatly. “For me, it’s very fascinating to see how the work activates questions directly connected to the very politics of the very space where I’m showing it, of the very cultural or political context where I’m showing the work.”
In addition to Washington, Manifesto has also been exhibited in the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne, Berlin’s Museum für Gegenwart, the Park Avenue Armory in New York City, and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.
No matter where you view it, the piece has an important message: “The artists in Manifesto teach us that you can be angry and loud, but you really have to have something to say.”
This immersive exhibit can be viewed at the Hirshhorn Museum from now until January 5, 2020. Like all exhibitions at the Hirshhorn, Manifesto: Art x Agency is free and open to the public. Find more information about the exhibit here.
Manifesto: Art x Agency is organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and is made possible with major support from the Goethe-Institut Washington and the initiative Wunderbar Together: The Year of German-American Friendship 2018/19.
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