Julian Rosefeldt (born 1965 in Munich) is a German artist and filmmaker. Rosefeldt’s work consists primarily of elaborate, visually opulent film and video installations, often shown as panoramic multi-channel projections. His installations range in style from documentary to theatrical narrative.
Life and work
Julian Rosefeldt studied architecture in Munich and Barcelona. After receiving his diploma in 1994, he began working in collaboration with fellow Munich graduate Piero Steinle.
Rosefeldt’s work consists primarily of elaborate, visually opulent film and video installations. In most cases, these installations are shown as panoramic multi-channel projections. They range in style from documentary to theatrical narrative. In Lonely Planet (2006), for example, the artist portrays a hippie-ish Western backpacker on a trip through India; as he moves through a series of clichéd sequences, including a frenetic Bollywood-inspired dance number, the camera periodically pulls back to reveal spotlights, dressing rooms and other filmmaking necessities. Rosefeldt primarily uses 16-mm and 35-mm film and has often worked in close cooperation with the cinematographer Christoph Krauss.
Rosefeldt has lived and worked in Berlin since 1999, when he relocated as Artist in Residence at the Sammlung Hoffmann.
In addition to his art production, Rosefeldt also works with the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz,often collaborating with its head and creative director Thomas Ostermeier. In 2009, Rosefeldt was invited as a guest professor by the Media Art and Media Design faculty at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Since 2010, Rosefeldt has been a member of the Bayerischen Akademie der Schönen Künste in the division of Film and Media Art. Since 2011, he has been professor at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich.
Rosefeldt has exhibited internationally since 1997 at the Bienal de São Paulo (2004), Athens Biennal (2007), the P.S.1, New York (1998), Kunst-Werke Berlin e.V. – Institute for Contemporary Art (2004), the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2008), and the Kunstmuseum Bonn (2009), amongst others.
Rosefeldt’s first solo show in the United States was presented in 2009 by his ARNDT Berlin, in the space of Phillips de Pury & Company.
Julian Rosefeldt’s works are represented in the following permanent collections, amongst others: Museum of Modern Art New York, Saatchi Gallery London, Goetz Collection, Munich, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Burger Collection Hong Kong, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Miami, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, Sammlung Hoffmann Berlin, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Wien, CAC Malaga, Ellipse Foundation – Contemporary Art Collection, Cascais, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, Museum Franz Gertsch, Burg