Give up! Munich

It’s the third (and last) part of the BeBoz Trilogy, in Munich. With Give Up Rituals, Julien Friedler is one of the artists taking part to the « OUT THERE SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE » exhibition (Galerie der Künstler).

This art show gathers artists who question « our perception of time and space » and suggest « new strategies and models for a future in a constant mutation » (source).


Julien Friedler’s participation, with an installation/performance, based on his « Give Up » project.
  • Curator : Erno Vroonen
  • Artists : Christian Andersen, Julien Friedler , Christina Grace, Christian Jasper, Martin Kobe, Bettina Krieg, Bo Christian Larsson, Daniel Man, Tomas Saraceno, Martin G. Schmid, Thomas Thiede, Mark Titchner, Koen Vanmechelen, Corey Escoto

Galerie der Künstler
Berufsverband Bildender Künstler München and Oberbayern e. V.
Maximilianstrasse 42
80538 München

Forest of Souls

While answering the questionnaire everybody breaks through the secular course of the world and pauses for a little while to get into the six existential questions :

  • WHO AM I?

The answers on these questions are going to build the fundament of the artwork « Forest of Souls” and constitute the materialized animus of the world during a certain age.

Friedler wants to create new icons for a better future world. Therefore the artist aims a long term, idealistic strategy supposed to overlast his own lifetime. Art should be more than an object of prestige. Given the fact that art nowadays often is reduced to its market value, one tends to miss the original surplus value of it. Isn’t art supposed to touch people deep down inside and to excavate the inner spirit and soul?

According to this a sacred room is ideal to present the first exhibition because, as religion, Julien Friedler’s work is engaged in existential questions.

The Catholic Parrish Hl. Kreuz in Giesing, as patron of this exhibition, also raises these questions. During the Sunday church services and several evening receptions, with changing speakers, there will be searched for answers.

In the church the searching for answers while the exhibition will be underlined by a sound installation of Cornelia Faist. In the entrance of the church the visitors will have the possibilty to fill out the questionnaires and get part of BeBOZ.

In May and June the Sunday church services at 10 o’clock will refer to the above mentioned questions of Forest of Souls.

  • Initiative by: Julien Friedler
  • Hosted by: Catholic Parrish Hl. Kreuz, München-Giesing
  • Soundinstallation: Cornelia Faist
  • Curator: Erno Vroonen
  • Organisation: Britta Hölzer
  • Design:  Schmid+Widmaier Design
  • PR :  Goldmann PR

Celestial Tramp

June 18, 2008 in Munich begins « BeBoz: The Celestial Tramp », the second part of the trilogy BeBoz Julien Friedler. The second exhibition took place at Sotheby’s. Dedicated to Ida, she is devoted to the project « Celestial Tramp/give up! » in Loncopue. This project illustrated the heart of the program Be Boz Be Art: ‘There is in every man an artist who is sleeping. »

« Sixty artists, in a town with a population of 6000, took part in the project of a Belgian artist. Their art work will be part of a travelling exhibition.

It took a flight from Buenos Aires, a car in the capital of Neuquén province, and a long drive through some road blocks and strikes to reach Loncopué. The journey by car, from Neuquén to Loncopué, that should have lasted two hours, took five or six. We were told that wind, loneliness and some blocked roads were part of daily life in this region.

And there, immersed in this tough and urgent reality, more than one hundred local people took part in this unique experience : the « Be Art » competition, one of Julien Friedler’s – a Belgian artist – projects, intended to reach people worldwide. « Be Art » can be defined as an attempt to transcend the art field so as to project in the social field. Julien Friedler’s project based on the hypothesis that there is still a creative field, which has not been explored by any conventional channel. The work and the ambitious project of the Belgian can be viewed on But this article is really about the work of the people from Loncopué, in response to this project, co-cordinated by the Argentinean art critic, who lives in New York.
In this case, it was about a competition, for which seventy-five works of art were submitted, executed by sixty local craftsmen from : Loncopué, Las Lajas, El Huecu, Caviahue, among other towns. Different kind of works were exhibited :ceramic pieces, engravings, stome and wooden sculputres, paintings, « collages » and pieces of « mapuche » knitting – there are many « Mapuches » (indigenous people of Argentina) in this region.
Twenty-five of them have been chosen to be part of a worldwilde, travelling exhibition. In june 2008 they were exhibited in Munich, Germany, and later they will be part of Julien Friedler’s main project : The Forest of Souls »

Eduardo Villar

You can find more information about this in the book exhibition : Julien Friedler – Be Boz Part III, ed. Chaman


As an opener for the exhibition trilogy Be Boz in Munich Jack Balance presented presented in front of the Kammerspiele the Spirit of Boz.

50 clowns in the Munich street for this art performance by Julien Friedler.The clowns are avatars of Jack Balance, the hero of Julien Friedler’s Spirit of Boz. The event was related to the « Around the Boz in 80 Years » (Forest of Souls) and took place at the Kammerspiele, March 1st, 2008).