Julian Rosefeldt (Munich,1965) is a Berlin-based artist, acclaimed internationally for his visually complex and meticulously choreographed video works, mostly presented as multi-screen installations.
Inspired by a number of cinematic, artistic and cultural references, the artist’s focus is on the questioning of human alienation – from nature, between its inhabitants and within oneself – and thus how that will increasingly continue to impact our relationship with the world. When reflecting upon the growing power of media and capitalism and by creating lonesome characters who wander through situations of complete surrealism and almost theatrical environments, Rosefeldt brings a particular form of melancholy and despair into his works, one which is frighteningly calm and assured.
Often embodying his narratives into a mélange of everyday rituals and twisted scenarios, a kind of Uncanny feeling is arisen, inviting the viewer into a familiar world made strange.
Rosefeldt has a degree in Architecture, has been a guest professor at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Faculty of Media Art, is currently teaching Digital and Time-based Media at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, in Munich, and is a member of the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste, Department of Film and Media Art, in Munich as well.
He has exhibited in institutions such as Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, (Washington, USA), National Gallery of Victoria, (Melbourne, Australia), Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart (Berlin, Germany), Kunstmuseum Bonn (Bonn, Germany), Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Tel Aviv, Israel), Tate Modern, (London, UK), Caixa Forum (Madrid, Spain), Taipei Fine Arts Museum (Taipei, Taiwan), among others.
Rosefeldt is represented in several institutional art collections such as MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art (New York), CIFO – Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (Miami), Fundación Helga de Alvear (Cáceres), Kunstmuseum Bonn (Bonn), MUSAC – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (León), National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), TBA21 – Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (Vienna), The Israel Museum (Jerusalem), among others.