The architecture of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni is redesigned by Julian Rosefeldt's Manifesto installation covering 13 large screens with different stories which come together, every now and then, in the powerful rendering of a choral voice.

The work, which was shown for the first time in 2015, pays homage to the moving tradition and literary beauty of 20th century artist manifestos, ultimately questioning the role of the artist in society today.
For each of the 13 screens, Rosefeldt has created a collage of texts, drawing on the manifestos of Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxus artists, Suprematists, Situationists, Dogma 95 and other artist groups or movements, and on the musings of individual artists, dancers and filmmakers such as Umberto Boccioni, Antonio Sant'Elia, Lucio Fontana, Claes Oldenburg, Yvonne Rainer, Kazimir Malevich, A André Breton, Sturtevant, Sol LeWitt, Jim Jarmusch, Guy Debord, Adrian Piper and John Cage.
Each season presents a different situation focusing, apart from the prologue, on eleven different female figures and on one male figure: a homeless man, a worker in a waste incineration plant, a CEO, a punk, a scientist, the speaker at a funeral, a puppeteer, the mother of a conservative family, a choreographer, a newsreader and a teacher. All the characters are played by Australian actress Cate Blanchett, who imbues new dramatic life into the words of the manifestos in unexpected contexts.


Julian Rosefeldt

Video installation covering 13 large screens

all characters are interpreted by Cate Blanchett




Ragazza punk

Amministratrice delegata

Oratrice a un funerale



Operaia in un inceneritore di rifuti


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