WORKS 2001-2016

4. March 2017 to 21. May 2017

It is with great pleasure that we present the first major solo presentation in Denmark of German video and photo artist Julian Rosefeldt. The exhibition consists of a series of video installations, together presenting important aspects of Rosefeldt’s production over the past 15 years.

Julian Rosefeldt has become one of the most talked-about artists in recent years with his work “Manifesto” that premiered at the Australian Center for the Moving Image in Melbourne in 2015 and which has since been shown extensively worldwide. The exhibition at Nikolaj Kunsthal presents Rosefeldt's most recent work, a gangster movie parody titled “The Swap”, as well as a number of his previous works, thus allowing for a good overview of his production. Through his production Rosefeldt is working at the boundaries between art and cinema, exploring themes such as identity and belonging, illusion perceived as reality, and the absurdity of repetition.

In Nikolaj Kunsthal's center nave, Rosefeldt’s major work of 2001 “Asylum” will be shown, featuring nine large projections. In this film, different ethnic groups are portrayed in a stylized, stereotypical way and can be seen performing idle and seemingly meaningless actions such as vacuum cleaning in an artificial and barren landscape. The installation comes across as by no means less topical today than when it was first shown in Berlin 15 years ago. We also present the work “American Night”, a commentary on contemporary American society unfolding over five projections. The work draws on the Western genre, but presents statements and quotes gathered by the artist from, among others, politicians and fictional characters circulating in the public sphere.

The exhibition furthermore features the works “Unknown Soldier” and “Global Soap”, deconstructing the soap opera genre into an entirely different experience with excerpts from some 300 international soaps. We also invite you inside to a foggy surrealistic setting filled with bars and brothels in Rosefeldt's burlesque film “Deep Gold” which clearly shows his mastery of the medium.

Julian Rosefeldt (b. 1965) lives and works in Berlin. Since 2011, he has been a professor at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich. His works are represented in the collections of, among other MoMA, New York, Nationalgalerie, Berlin, CAC Málaga, CIFO, Miami, Deutsche Bank Collection, Frankfurt am Main, and Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris.

The exhibition is supported by Goethe Institut Dänemark. 
Nikolaj Kunsthal is funded by the City of Copenhagen and the exhibition programme is supported by The Danish Arts Foundation.

We would like to call your attention to Rosefeldt's large installation ”Manifesto” which can be experienced as a part of the Aarhus 2017 – European Capital of Culture – programme at the exhibition space ”O” from March 10.  See www.aarhus2017.dk for more info.