Julian Rosefeldt was born in 1965 in Munich, Germany
He lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Julian Rosefeldt’s work reflects the artist’s fascination with day-to-day reality, and the stereotypes, clichés and mindless repetitions that suffuse popular culture. Since the mid-1990s Rosefeldt has been producing complex film and video installations, as well as photographs, through which we can observe from a cool, detached perspective the formulaic imagery and content that is generated by contemporary media.

The artist has made a name for himself with lavishly produced 16mm and 35mm films. Projected onto several screens to create a panorama-like effect, his films carry the viewer off into a surreal, theatrical world whose inhabitants are caught in the structures and rituals of everyday life. Almost all his works are characterized by their complex interweaving of several dimensions of reality, a device used to expose the production process. Thus, his films are also a homage to the medium of film and a reflection on the construction of fictional narratives, using cinematographic and iconographic means.

Rosefeldt studied architecture in Munich and Barcelona before starting his artistic career with found-footage video installations such as Detonation Deutschland (1996), Asylum (2001-02), Trilogy of Failure (2004–05), The Ship of Fools (2007), American Night (2009), and, more recently, Manifesto (2015). Rosefeldt’s works are in many important museum and private collections all over the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery, Berlin; and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Since 2011, he holds a professorship for digital and time-based media at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich.



  • 1994 Studied architecture in Munich, Germany and Barcelona, Spain (Ma, 1994)


  • 2011 – 2019 ongoing Professorship for Digital and Time-based Media at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich, Germany
  • 2010 – 2016 Member of the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste, Department of Film and Media Art, Munich, Germany
  • 2009 – 2010 Guest Professorship at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Faculty of Media Art, Germany

Selected Solo exhibitions

  • 2023 Euphoria, Holland Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2023 WHEN WE ARE GONE, World Heritage Site Völklinger Hütte, Völklinger, Germany
  • 2022 Euphoria, Park Avenue Armory, New York, US
  • 2020 Manifesto, Museum Macan, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2019 MANIFESTO. Art x Agency, Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, USA

  • 2019 Julian Rosefeldt. Manifesto, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
  • 2018 Julian Rosefeldt. Manifesto, Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
  • 2018 Julian Rosefeldt. Manifesto, Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2018 Manifesto, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland Arts Festival, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2017 Julian Rosefeldt. Manifesto, National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2017 Julian Rosefeldt. Works 2005 – 2017, HOW Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • 2017 Manifesto. Julian Rosefeldt, Holland Festival 2017, Amsterdam, The
  • 2017 Works 2001 – 2016, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2016 Manifesto, Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY, USA
  • 2016 Manifesto, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany (catalogue)
  • 2015 Manifesto, ACMI – Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, Australia (catalogue)

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2021 Die Kunst der Gesellschaft, Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, Germany
  • 2020 The Cindy Sherman Effect – Identität und Transformation in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Kunstforum Wien, Vienna, Austria
  • 2018 In the Land of Drought, Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Riga, Lettland
  • 2018 Hollywood and other Myths, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel

  • 2017 Sinopale 6: Transposition, Ice Factory, Sino, Turkey
  • 2017 All the Words for Rock. Nature and Conflict, Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres, Spain
  • 2017 Deutschland 8 – German Art in Beijing, Beijing, China
  • 2017 WILD, Contemporary Calgary, Calgary, Canada
  • 2017 Luther and the Avant-garde, Old Prison, Wittenberg, Germany
  • 2017 The Inner Skin – Art and Shame, Marta Herford, Herford, Germany
  • 2017 Cinéma mon amour. Film in Art, Aargauer Kunsthaus and the Solothurn Film Festival, Aarau, Switzerland
  • 2016 Faith & Fathom, Galleria Poggiali, Florence, Italy
  • 2016 House of Impressions. Wandering with a Troubadour, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia
  • 2016 Performing the Landscape, Illingworth Kerr Gallery / Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Canada
  • 2016 Zeitgeist: The Art of New Berlin, Germany, CCBB, Brazil
  • 2016 Moving Time: Video Art at 50: 1965-2015, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • 2016 Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick, Somerset House, London, UK
  • 2016 Fireflies in the Night Take Wing, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), Athens, Greece
  • 2016 Elective Affinities, Arsenals Exhibition Hall / The Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Letvia
  • 2016 The difference between sunrise and sunset, Schloss Tüssling, Munich, Germany
  • 2016 130% Sprengel. Sammlung Pur, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hanover, Germany
  • 2016 One Artist’s One Screen, Solyanka State Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • 2016 Homosexuality_ies, LWL – Museum für Kunst und Kultur Münster, Münster, Germany (catalogue)
  • 2016 Double Act, MAC Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 2016 Wolfsburg Unlimited, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany (catalogue)
  • 2016 TELE-GEN. Art and TV, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein (catalogue)
  • 2016 Zeitgeist: the Art of New Berlin, CCBB, Rio de Janeiro
  • 2016 Nymphius Projekte, Nymphius Projekte, Berlin, Germany

Selected Screenings and Film Festival Participations

  • 2017 BFI London Film Festival, London (04.–15.10.2017)
  • 2017 Sydney Film Festival, Sydney (07.–18.06.2017)
  • 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, New York (19.–30.04.2017)

  • 2017 Kino der Kunst, Munich (German premiere of the theatrical version 19.–23.04.2017) Main Award and Audience Award
  • 2017 Manifesto 68th Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin (Theatrical Version) 09.02-19.02.2017
  • 2017 Göteborg Film Festival, Gothenburg (Nordic premiere of the theatrical version 02.–04.02.2017) Nomination for Ingmar Bergman Award
  • 2017 Rotterdam Film Festival, Rotterdam (European premiere of the theatrical version 01.–03.02.2017)
  • 2017 Sundance Festival, Utah (World premiere of the theatrical version 23.01.2017)LONELY PLANET
  • 2017 Musrara Mix Festival, Jerusalem (06.–08.06.2017)
  • 2014 FotoFocus Biennial 2014, Cincinnati (08.–12.10.2014)
  • 2014 Sound and Vision, Paris Photo Los Angeles, Paramount Pictures Studios LA (25.–27.04.2014)
  • 2014 KIK, kino – international – kunst, Kino International, Berlin (28.02.2014)
  • 2010 fullframe Kurz- und Kunstfilmfestival, Vienna (15.04.2010)
  • 2009 Dreaming with Open Eyes, Image Forum Festival, Tokyo (19.04.+04.05.2009)
  • 2009 Zeitgenössische Kunst am Wittelsbacherplatz, Munich (19.–20.07.2009)
  • 2008 Gramophones, Films, Typewriters, Tate Modern, London (28.06.2008)
  • 2007 Frontière(s) – Paroles d’Hiver, ODDC, Saint-Brieuc (28.11.–01.12.2007)
  • 2007 Scanners, The 2007 New York Video Festival, Lincoln Center, NY (27.–29.07.2007)
  • 2007 KunstFilmBiennale Köln 2007, Cologne (18.–24.10.2007) Main Award
  • 2007 Kino wie noch nie, Kino Arsenal, Berlin (09.06.2007)
  • 2006 Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt (07.10.2006)ASYLUM (SHORT FILM VERSION)
  • 2010 Rojo Nova Festival, Museum of Image and Sound, São Paulo (29.07.2010)
  • 2010 Dreaming with Open Eyes, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (16.03.2010)
  • 2007 Búsquedas sin palabras, ambulart – Festival de las artes visuales: Hamburg, Guadalajara, Quito, Guayaquil (09.–26.04.2007)
  • 2006 Festival of European Films on Wheels: Ankara, Kars, Tbilisi, Baku (03.–26.11.2006)
  • 2006 The Peninsula, M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, Singapore (22.02.–05.03.2006)
  • 2005 Cinéma Katorza, Nantes (12.2005)
  • 2005 Cinéma Tous Écrans – International Film & Television Festival, Geneva (29.10.–7.11.2005)
  • 2005 KunstFilmBiennale Köln 2005, Cologne (19.–24.10.2005)
  • 2005 Iraq Short Film Festival, Baghdad (24.–29.09.2005)
  • 2005 L’Etrange Festival, Paris (31.08.–13.09.2005)
  • 2005 Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival, Belo Horizonte (21.–31.07.2005)
  • 2005 Sarajevo Film Festival, Sarajevo (19.–27.08.2005)
  • 2005 Némo Film Festival, Paris (05.–10.04.2005)
  • 2005 Festival Premiers Plans, Angers (21.–30.01.2005)
  • 2005 Filmfestival Max-Ophüls-Preis, Saarbrücken (17.–23.01.2005)
  • 2004 Corto Imola Festival, Imola (08.–12.12.2004) First Prize
  • 2004 Brief Encounters International Short Film Festival, Bristol (17.–21.11.2004)
  • 2004 Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montréal, Montréal (14.–24.10.2004)
  • 2004 Internationales Kurzfilmfest Hamburg, Hamburg (09.–14.06.2004)

Commissioned Film or Video Works for Theatre and Orchestra

  • 2016 The Creation, Holland Festival Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (by Jospeh Haydn, with Collegium Vocale Gent and B’Rock Orchestra, conducted by René Jacobs)
  • 2015 The Creation, Ruhrtriiiennale, Landschaftspark Duisburg, Germany (by Jospeh Haydn, with Collegium Vocale Gent and B’Rock Orchestra, conducted by René Jacobs)
  • 2008 The City / The Cut, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin, Germany (by Martin Crimp and Mark Ravenhill, directed by Thomas Ostermeier)

  • 2004 Electronic City, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin, Germany (by Falk Richter, directed by Tom Kühnel)
  • 2003 Im Dickicht der Städte, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin Germany (by Bertolt Brecht, directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna)
  • 2002 Better Days, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin, Germany (by Richard Dresser, directed by Thomas Ostermeier)
  • 2001 Supermarket, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin, Germany (by Biljana Srbljanovic, directed by Thomas Ostermeier)

Selected Collections

  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  • Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne
  • Berlinische Galerie, Berlin

  • Burger Collection, Hong Kong
  • CAC Málaga – Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga
  • CIFO – Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami
  • Deutsche Bank Collection, Frankfurt am Main
  • DA2, Salamanca
  • Dimitris Daskalopoulos Collection, Athens
  • Draiflessen Collection, Mettingen
  • DZ Bank Kunstsammlung
  • Ellipse Foundation – Contemporary Art Collection, Cascais
  • F.C. Gundlach Collection, Hamburg
  • Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres
  • Goetz Collection, Munich
  • Hoffmann Collection, Berlin
  • HOW Art Museum, Shanghai
  • IODACC, Tenerife
  • Jill & Peter Kraus Collection, New York
  • Kunstmuseum Bonn
  • Kunstmuseum Magdeburg
  • Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
  • Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
  • MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • MUSAC – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León
  • Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf
  • Nationalgalerie, Berlin
  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
  • Olbricht Collection, Essen
  • Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart
  • Sprengel Museum, Hannover
  • T-B A21 – Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna
  • The Saatchi Collection, London
  • The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • UBS Art Collection, London
  • Wemhöner Collection, Berlin