Manifesto with Cate Blanchett

In Manifesto, one of Australia’s most brilliant actresses, Cate Blanchett, is the subject of a fascinating video depicting writings by artists of the modern era.

By Benjamen Judd

While everyone else is busy checking out the Archibald, take yourself off to a quieter and, dare we say, even better exhibition: Manifesto, by German video artist Julian Rosefeldt and starring the brilliant Cate Blanchett performing in an array of characters and costumes. 

While occupying the personalities of these various personas, Blanchett performs a series of monologues taken from the writings by artistic movements such as futurists, dadaists and situationists, and even the letters by individual artists, architects, dancers and filmmakers such as Sol LeWitt, Yvonne Rainer and Jim Jarmusch.

The video has been called at once breathtakingly beautiful and incredibly surreal – particularly in light of Blanchett’s ability to disappear behind the visage of each character she creates. 

Manifesto has been proudly commissioned by the Art Gallery of NSW and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), with Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin and Sprengel Museum, Hannover, and Ruhrtriennale – Festival of the Arts. 

Admission to see the exhibition is free, just in case you needed an additional reason to go and see this wonderful work of art. 

Manifesto will show at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until 2017. 

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