The Friends of the Staatsgalerie - Stuttgarter Galerieverein acquired MANIFESTO by Julian Rosefeldt in 2016. The Staatsgalerie expressed its gratitude for this spectacular new acquisition with an elaborate staging of the 13-part film installation.
Rosefeldt's latest work pays homage to the artist manifesto of Dada, Fluxus, Pop Art, Conceptual Art to Dogma 95 and questions the role of art in modernity. By shortening and combining these historical writings, poetic text collages were created, spoken and embodied by actress Cate Blanchett in 13 different roles. Whether as the choreographer of a dance ensemble, an elementary school teacher, a funeral orator, a factory worker, a stockbroker or a homeless man, these characters always bring the historical manifestos into today's everyday world. The formulations and demands assert themselves in their new environments and prove surprisingly current. The radicality of the texts, Rosefeldt's imagery and Blanchett's mutability condense in MANIFESTO into an orchestral harmony of overwhelming beauty and explosiveness.
MANIFESTO is a joint production of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image Melbourne, the Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney, the Nationalgalerie - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the Sprengel Museum Hannover. The project was co-produced by the Ruhrtriennale and the Burger Collection Hong Kong. It was created thanks to the generous support of Medienboards Berlin-Brandenburg and in cooperation with Bayerischer Rundfunk.