A homage to the art world through 13 art and literary manifestoes of historical Avant-guards of the 20th century, 13 very different faces, 13 genius monologues interpreted by a magnificent Cate Blanchett. Manifesto, by director Julian Rosenfeldt, is not only a film, it is a contemporary art performance, so much so that it has just been exhibited at the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest as an interactive piece and will be hosted from next month at the Musée d’Art Contemporain in Montréal (until January 21st 2019).
Protagonist of 13 common stories, of which some centred around the figures of Lucio Fontana, Kandinsky, the Futurist, Dadaist, Surrealist, Communist and pop art manifestoes, all reelaborated through interesting and innovative and contemporary advertising campaigns, Cate Blanchett transforms, among others, into a tramp (in the photos on Teufelsberg terrace, the same one where we shot the Crossworlds mood on page 12), an economist, a mother, a worker, a teacher.Karl Marx’s manifesto is told through the eyes of a homeless person; Dadaist slogans by a widow at a funeral; the cinematographic movement Dogma 95 by a teacher speaking to her pupils…
This is how the most important artistic currents are presented and celebrated, through advertising that is not commercial, but instead create identity, culture, and tradition. A critical analysis of history, politics, art springs from it, and of their different interactions throughout the 20th century. A film with no plot as such, but which guarantees humour and provocation anyway. Just like art should be: always revolutionary, insightfully reflexive.
The book which gathers and documents the whole project is published by Walther Konig, German publishing house specialized in art, and it is possible to buy it, as well as on Amazon, on their website buchhandlung-walther-koenig.de.