Art in Berlin: Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto

Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto, 2014/2015 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto, 2014/2015 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016

I don’t write about art often enough, but I do need to write about this one, although plenty of articles about it are already out and the exhibition is constantly filled with people. However, you also need to see it: Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto installation at Hamburger Bahnhof.

Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto, 2014/2015 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto, 2014/2015 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016

Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to the opening, so I went on a Tuesday afternoon to have time and space to enjoy the 130 minutes in total. It consists of 13 movies, all of them staring Cate Blanchett in 13 different roles. And that’s all I want to tell you about the content of this work – although you can read up on it all over the press – but there’s no need to. The films and especially Blanchett’s performance will convince you to stay. And it’s actually nicer to not know too much, to wander through the big hall without already having read about how the work was made and what’s it about. You will find out, and you won’t be bored or tempted to leave earlier, because it’s so appealing and will lure you in.

Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto, 2014/2015 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto, 2014/2015 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016

It’s not only the impeccable filming, the amazing attention to detail, may it be regarding the hair and make-up, or the scenography, it’s definitely Blanchett’s allure – her playing the lead, her pronunciation, her expression and her eyes. Supporting star is Berlin, represented by its known and unknown places, all of them impressive in their architecture – from the famous Teufelsberg ruins to a most formidable mansion overlooking what I think is Wannsee.

Blanchett’s ability to play these very different roles and still give them something of her own, marvelous elegance – as a choreographer, factory worker or puppeteer – is irresistible, and bestows the spoken words new layers of meaning, apart from them being put in a contemporary context divided by class affiliation. You see, much to experience.

Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto, 10. Februar – 10. Juli 2016
Entry: 8 Euro

Hamburger Bahnhof

Hamburger Bahnhof

Invalidenstraße 50

10557 Berlin Mitte

Hauptbahnhof

Opening Hours:

Tue–Fri 10:00–18:00
Thu 10:00–20:00
Sat–Sun 11:00–18:00

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  1. Natalie on

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    This looks great. I was recently watching an interview with Morag Ross who was talking about this project and how she only had a £3000 budget for all the make-up (and spent £2000 of it on teeth). Looks like she did a pretty amazing job.

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      Yes, the teeth are especially amazing. But the whole make-up is, really.

    2. rachael on

      I would live to know where to find the interview where Ross talks about her low budget, I am writing an essay on the manifesto and I need to cite it.

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