Selected works by Julian Rosefeldt

Julian Rosefeldt
Soap Sample IX


Lambda print

130 x 130 cm
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.
Julian Rosefeldt
Soap Sample V


Lambda print

130 x 130 cm

Global Soap (2000-2001) was made by sifting through a massive collection of headshot stills taken from a source as contemporary and ubiquitous as reality shows: televised soap operas from around the world. The melodramatic expressions of the performers are ordered according to type, then sampled and re-edited into grid arrangements that form a kind of iconographic study of emotional codes, half real and half illusory, of our time. Rosefeldt’s analysis of the repetitive gestures, facial expressions and situations appearing again and again in the soaps points to the genre’s universal vocabulary and opera-like pace and choreography.

Julian Rosefeldt
Soap Sample VIII


Lambda print

130 x 130 cm

Rosefeldt has argued that ‘soaps have taken over the function of the church’ and, making an implicit reference to the work of German art historian Aby Warburg and his systematic study of the iconography of religious painting, he terms his distilled arrangements ‘icons of the media age’.

Julian Rosefeldt
Soap Sample VI

2000 - 2001

Lambda print

130 x 130 cm

In soaps, roles are polarised into familiar oppositions – the goodies and the baddies, innocence and guilt, victim and perpetrator– which override and overlook specific characteristics of ethnic and national identity. Warburg’s types and formats, his ‘formulas of pathos’, are re-contextualised into the modern age through Rosefeldt’s contemporary imagery, despite its highly contrived context.

Julian Rosefeldt's Biography

Julian Rosefeldt
Born in 1965, in Munich, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin


American Night, Young Projects, Los Angeles, CA, USA
West, The Hague, Netherlands
Film and photo works, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
American Night, Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste, Munich, Germany
Barbara Gross, Munich, Germany
The Ship of Fools, Kunsthalle Wien project space Karlsplatz, Vienna
Asylum, curated by Heinz Peter Schwerfel, Dirimart Garibaldi, Istanbul, Turkey

American Night, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Australia
Photo Works, ARNDT, Berlin, Germany

Making Of: Film Installations and Photo Works 2004-2010, DA2, Salamanca, Spain
American Night, British Film Institute, London, UK
American Night, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
Living in Oblivion, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Arndt & Partner, Berlin, Germany (solo show to coincide with Berlin Gallery weekend)

American Night, EX3, Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Itlay (cat.)
Prospectif Cinéma, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
American Night, Film Installations 2004–2009, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (cat.)
American Night, Arndt & Partner, Berlin, Germany

Max Wigram Gallery, London
The Ship of Fools, Arndt & Partner, Berlin
Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid
The Ship of Fools, Phillips de Pury & Company, New York

Apeejay Media Gallery, New Delhi
The Perfectionist, Platform China, Beijing
Galeria Vermelho, SĂŁo Paulo
Koraalberg, Antwerp

Trilogie des Scheiterns, Part III, ZKMax, Munich
Clown, Max Wigram Gallery, London
Lonely Planet, Arndt & Partner, Berlin
Lonely Planet, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn

Asylum, Haus der Kunst, Munich (as part of the Spielart Festival)
Trilogie des Scheiterns, Parts I+II, ZKMax, Munich
The Soundmaker, Arndt & Partner, Zurich

Asylum, Spike Island, Bristol
Asylum, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
MWprojects, London
Trilogy of Failure, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Asylum, Festival d’Avignon

Asylum, Atlantis Gallery, London
The Chulalongkorn Art Center, Bangkok
Julian Rosefeldt und Piero Steinle, Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf*

Asylum, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (catalogue)
XXL Gallery, Sofia

Julian Rosefeldt / Piero Steinle: Detonation Deutschland, Architekturzentrum, Vienna*
Global Soap, KĂĽnstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
Julian Rosefeldt: Global Soap, Goethe-Institut, Salvador de Bahia (catalogue)
Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art

Julian Rosefeldt / Piero Steinle: Les Cathédrales Inconnues, Goethe-Institut, Galerie Condé, Paris*
Julian Rosefeldt / Piero Steinle, Galerie Six Friedrich Lisa Ungar, Munich*
Julian Rosefeldt / Piero Steinle, Galerie Romain Larivière, Paris*

News – Julian Rosefeldt / Piero Steinle, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig*
News, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe*

News, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, DĂĽsseldorf (catalogue)*

As Catedrais Desconhecidas, Alfândega, Porto*
Paris – Les Cathédrales Inconnues, Espace des Blancs Manteaux, Paris (catalogue)*

Detonation Deutschland, Orangerie, Munich (catalogue)*

München – Die Unbekannten Kathedralen, Orangerie, Munich*

Stadt im Verborgenen, Orangerie, Munich*


Video-Holes: I do not know what it is I am, Manege, Moscow, Russia
Montevideo Biennial, Uruguay
Based on a True Story, Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chile
BEYOND TIME. International Video Art Today, Kulturhuset Stockholm, Sweden
The Circus as a Parallel Universe, group show curated by Gerald Matt, Verena
Konrad Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
Migration, pop-up show by ARNDT, Sydney, Australia
Volkspaleis, group show, Grote Kerk, The Hague, Netherlands

Gesamtkunstwerk: New Art from Germany, Saatchi Gallery, London
Heimatkunde, Jewish Museum, Berlin, Germany
Star Voyager, ACMI Australian Centre for the Moving Image
El efecto del cine, Caixa Forum Palma de Mallorca
Color and Content, Kunstmuseum Bonn
Brick + Mortar Video Festival, Greenfield, USA
Super 8, Christopher Grimes Gallery, LA
Alive she cried. A Film & Video Exhibition curated by Reynold Reynolds, Galerie Zink Berlin
The Ephemeral, Arndt Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Changing The World, Arndt Berlin, Germany
FischGrätenMelkStand, Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin (cat)
Fast forward 2. The Power of Motion – Media Art Sammlung Goetz, ZKM, Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

My Evil Twin, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina
Kurs: Træet, Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, Toreby Lolland (catalogue)
Contour 2009: The 4th Biennial of Moving Image, Mechelen (catalogue)
Leichtigkeit und Enthusiasmus. Junge Kunst und die Moderne, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (catalogue)
Selection de la KunstFilmBiennale Cologne 2007, Centre national d'art et de culture Georges Pompidou, Paris
Green Platform. Art, Ecology, Sustainability, Centro di Cultura ContemporĂ nea Strozzina, Florence
2. Bienal del Fin del Mundo, Ushuaia (catalogue)
Lo Mejor de la KunstFilmBiennale 2007, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina SofĂ­a, Madrid
Berlin change plus vite que mon cœur – Vidéos et visions mouvantes actuelles, Lille 3000
Höhepunkte der Kölner KunstFilmBiennale in Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin

The Prisoner's Dilemma: Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, CIFO – Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami (catalogue)
Molten States: Olaf Nicolai, René Pollesch, Julian Rosefeldt, Catherine Sullivan, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Cinema Indeed – Narratives and Projections, Itaú Cultural São Paulo (catalogue)
Through the Looking Glass, Glenbow Museum, Calgary
Die Tropen. Ansichten von der Mitte der Weltkugel, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (catalogue)
The Order of Things, MuKHA – Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp
Bad Joke, Riga Art Space
The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Moving Image. Part II: Realism, Smithsonian Institution – Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (catalogue)
The Way Things Are... Works from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection, Centre of Contemporary Art, Torun (catalogue)
Schwarze Galle - roter Saft. Aspekte des Melancholischen in der Kunst, b-05 Kunst- und Kulturzentrum, Montabaur
Variable Capital, The Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK (catalogue).
Laughing in a Foreign Language, Hayward Gallery, London (catalogue)
Emergency Biennale in Chechnya, CCA Playspace Gallery, California College of the Arts, San Francisco; Galeria Arsenał, Białystok

Bad Joke, Tallinn Art Hall
Existencias, MUSAC – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (catalogue)
KunstFilmBiennale Köln 2007, Baukunst Galerie, Cologne (catalogue)
Destroy Athens, 1st Athens Biennial (catalogue)
The Hurricane Projects, The Moore Space, Miami
Emergency Biennale in Chechnya, 10th Istanbul Biennial, Kadiköy Public Education Centre
Generational Issue, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela (catalogue)
Silence: Listen to the Show, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (catalogue)
XIV. Rohkunstbau: Drei Farben – Weiss, Schloss Sacrow, Potsdam (catalogue)
Made in Germany, Kunstverein Hannover (catalogue)
Scheitern, Landesgalerie Linz (catalogue)
Kino wie noch nie, Akademie der KĂĽnste, Berlin
Manipulations: On Economies of Deceit, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (catalogue)

Manipulations: On Economies of Deceit, Centre for Contemporary Art Laznia, Gdansk (catalogue)
1. Bienal de Canarias Arquitectura Arte y Paisaje, Canary Islands (catalogue)
Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse (catalogue)
El equilibrio y sus derivados, Casa del Lago Juan José Arreola, Mexico City
Mathilda is calling, Institut Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt (catalogue)
Höhepunkte der KunstFilmBiennaleKöln, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Video Installations from the Olbricht Collection, Essen: Rodney Graham, Tony Oursler, Nam June Paik, Pipilotti Rist, Julian Rosefeldt, Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten, Marl
Sonambiente, Akademie der KĂĽnste, Berlin (catalogue)
Die Vergänglichkeit des Schönen, Stadthalle Görlitz
Dark Places, Santa Monica Museum of Art
Mas de lo que los ojos pueden ver, MARCO – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey
Global Players: Contemporary Japanese and German Artists, Ludwig Forum fĂĽr Internationale Kunst, Aachen (catalogue)
Emergency Biennale in Chechnya, Riga City Exhibition Hall; Tallinn Art Hall; CENTRE A, Vancouver; Plataforma, Ciudad de Puebla

Indeterminate States: Video in the Ella Fontanals Cisneros Collection, CIFO – Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami (catalogue)
Baroque and Neo-Baroque: The Hell of the Beautiful, DA2 – Domus Artium, Salamanca (catalogue)
KunstFilmBiennale Köln 2005, Kino im Museum Ludwig, Cologne (catalogue)
Global Players: Contemporary Japanese and German Artists, Bankart Yokohama and Tokyo Gallery (catalogue)
Manipulations: On Economies of Deceit, IBCA 2005 International Biennale of Contemporary Art, National Gallery, Prague (catalogue)
Andre/Others, Sørlandet Art Museum, Kristiansand (catalogue)
Architektur mobil, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen (catalogue)
Comedy: The Funny Side of the Moving Image, Moscow Art Fair, House of Artists, Moscow
Contrabandistas de Imágenes: Selección de la 26. Bienal de São Paulo, MAC –
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Chile
El diablo no es tan feo como lo pintan: Selección de la 26. Bienal de São Paulo, MNBA – Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires
Emergency Biennale in Chechnya, Grozny; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Matrix Art Project, Brussels; EURAC European Academy of Bolzano; Isola Art Center, Milan

26. Bienal de SĂŁo Paulo, SĂŁo Paulo (catalogue)
Ein-leuchten, Museum der Moderne Rupertinum, Salzburg (catalogue)
Shake – Staatsaffäre / Affaire d’Etat, OK – Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich, Linz; Villa Arson – Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Nice (catalogue)

Rituale, Akademie der KĂĽnste, Berlin (catalogue)

Meine Kunst kriegt hier zu fressen – Hommage à Max Beckmann (commissioned video installations for the exhibition Max Beckmann – un peintre dans l’histoire), Centre national d’art et de culture Georges Pompidou, Paris (catalogue)*
Architourism – Architecture as a Destination for Tourism, Columbia University, Buell Hall, New York (catalogue)
Melodrama, MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo; Artium – Centro Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz; Centro José Guerrero, Granada (catalogue)

De Schoonheid van het Kwaad, De Zonnehof centrum voor moderne kunst, Amersfoort*

Tele[visions] – Kunst sieht fern, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (catalogue)
Multiple Sensations: series, collections, obsessions, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco*
Deep Distance: Die Entfernung der Fotografie, Kunsthalle Basel (catalogue)*
Wohin kein Auge reicht: Von der Entdeckung des Unsichtbaren, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (catalogue)*

Deep Storage, Arsenal of Memory, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Kunstmuseum DĂĽsseldorf (catalogue)*
Performing Buildings, Tate Modern, London

Deep Storage – Arsenale der Erinnerung, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Haus der Kunst, Munich (catalogue)*
* = in collaboration with Piero Steinle