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May
13
to Aug 26

The Hat Makes The Man / Brühl (Exhibition)

Robert Wilson pays homage to the extraordinary Max Ernst in his exhibition The Hat Makes The Man at the Max Ernst Museum in Brühl, Germany.

Some nearly fifty years after he first created his surrealist sensation ‘Deafman Glance,’ Robert Wilson tips his hat to his mentor Max Ernst. Wilson’s staged theatrical performances, in the words of surrealist writer Louis Aragon, are ‘what we others, who fathered surrealism, what we dreamed it might become after us, beyond us.’ No mere retrospective or remembrance, this exhibition is more of a collaboration between two of the world’s quintessential dreamers.

The theme of Wilson’s exhibition reflects his wish to infuse the museum with the spirit of Ernst and that of the Watermill Center, the artists’ community where Wilson shares his personal collection of art and artifacts with the public, and nurtures the creativity of young and emerging artists. The exhibition clearly conveys Wilsons creative processes, featuring a selection of objects that serve as the raw material from which the artist draws his inspiration in many of the same ways Max Ernst drew inspiration from his own diverse collection.

Reminiscent of great cabinets of curiosities-especially the collected artifacts of André Breton and Max Ernst-this exhibition tells us less about the objects themselves than about the great artists whose dreams were initiated by them.
— Noah Khoshbin, Curator

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Mar
31
to Apr 29

Noah's Ark / Seoul (Exhibition)

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Van Cleef & Arpels invites you to embark on a wondrous journey with its latest High Jewelry collection, Noah's Ark ("L’Arche de Noé racontée par Van Cleef & Arpels"), conceived and designed by Robert Wilson, which is being unveiled in Seoul for the first time.

Inspired by the legendary tale of Noah's Ark, the collection honors the animal kingdom with jewels depicting couples of mischievous monkeys, graceful swans, galloping horses, and exotic birds ready to take flight. Each piece pays homage to the wonders of nature and the Maison’s creativity and savoir-faire. Get ready to set sail into an enchanting world…

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March 31 - April 29, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m. (closed on Tuesdays)

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Feb
3
to Jun 10

Power and Beauty / Minneapolis (Exhibition)

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The florescence of the arts in the Chinese Qing court rivaled that of Europe’s great kingdoms. This backdrop of opulence also served to affirm imperial power and prestige, and as stagecraft for the emperor’s leading role as “son of heaven.” “Power and Beauty in China’s Last Dynasty” presents treasures from the museum’s renowned collection of Chinese art, including rare court costumes, jades, lacquers, paintings, and sculpture. Mia’s curator of Chinese art, Liu Yang, has collaborated with celebrated artist, director, and stage designer Robert Wilson to create an experiential exhibition that engages the senses and evokes the otherworldly, intoxicating—and even dangerous—world of the Qing court (1644–1912).

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Sep
10
to Nov 26

Robert Wilson in Glass / Venice (Exhibition)

10 September – 26 November 2017
Organized by Fondazione Berengo

Curated by Jean Blanchaert, Noah Khoshbin

Fondazione Berengo | Palazzo Franchetti | San Marco 2847, Venice

Following the success of its debut during The Venice Glass Week, Fondazione Berengo is proud and delighted to extend Robert Wilson in Glass until November 26th, in the context of GLASSTRESS 2017. This unique exhibition of glass artworks by the renowned stage director, designer and visual artist, is curated by Jean Blanchaert and Noah Khoshbin.

For the first time in Italy, Wilson’s glass artworks arrive in Venice, overlooking Murano, the Island of Glass that inspired these pieces. In fact, it was his encounter with the glass maestro Lino Tagliapietra that sparked Wilson’s passion for glass. At the beginning of the 90s, Tagliapietra was often in Marseille, at CIRVA (Centre International de Recherche sur le Verre et les Arts Plastiques), and that was where Wilson started producing glass. On display as a collateral project of GLASSTRESS 2017, Robert Wilson in Glass at the Fondazione Berengo includes a selection of his works, created from 1994 to 2005 at CIRVA.

Bowls, cylinders and domes, as well as inverted pyramids, lustrous and translucent, as well as dark and opaque, Wilson describes his experience with glass as a constant contradiction. Wilson says “I like ceramics but I much prefer glass because of its heaviness and lightness”. His glass pieces are the result of a subtle alliance of these contrasts.

From the theatrical stage to video projects, in every aspect of Robert Wilson’s oeuvre we can see a dreamlike environment of great visual and emotional impact derived from a very specific field: geometry. Glass is no exception. Curved lines express specific moments from Wilson’s life, made even more recognizable by the colours used. “They have memory”, says Wilson. The morning fog and condensation captured in the satin surfaces, the reflection of water, highlighted by flashes of metal, now occupy the beautiful spaces of Palazzo Franchetti, the stunning palace on the Grand Canal that is the official home of Fondazione Berengo and GLASSTRESS 2017.

ABOUT ROBERT WILSON

Robert “Bob” Wilson was born in 1941 in Waco, Texas. Stage director, designer and visual artist with a background in business administration and architecture, Wilson has been acclaimed as “the world’s foremost avant-garde ‘theater artist’.” With a career spanning almost five decades, he is known internationally for pushing the boundaries of every discipline he works in, which includes choreography, painting, sculpture, video art and sound design. He has collaborated with artists, writers, musicians and performers like Philip Glass, Marina Abramović, Willem Dafoe and Lady Gaga. Wilson has directed and designed operas for Teatro La Scala, Milan; the Metropolitan Opera, New York; and the Moscow Bolshoi, among many others. His visual works can be found in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, all New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the Vitra Design Museum, to mention only the most important. Among his numerous awards, he was awarded the prestigious Golden Lion Award for Sculpture at the 45th Venice Biennale in 1993.

INFORMATION

10 September – 26 November, 2017
Fondazione Berengo | Palazzo Franchetti
San Marco 2847, Venice
Daily 10:00am – 6:30pm
Ticket: Free entry with GLASSTRESS 2017 ticket

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Aug
12
to Sep 9

Black and White / São Paulo (Exhibition)

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"Robert Wilson is one of the rare artists who works across artistic media without being buoyed by one method of making. The process of creation transcends a single medium and instead finds outlet within the archetype of an opera, the architecture of a building, the stains in a watercolor drawing, the design of a chair, the choreography of a dance, the rhythm of a sonnet, or the multiple dynamics revealed in a Video Portrait.

While widely known for creating highly acclaimed theatrical pieces, Robert Wilson’s work is firmly rooted in the fine arts. His drawings, paintings and sculptures have been presented internationally in hundreds of solo and group showings. For Black and White Wilson will be presenting two video portraits and a selection of over 30 works on paper.

WORKS ON PAPER

Robert Wilson’s drawings are about time; the future, the present, the past.

Many of the drawings are about the time when a new or old theatrical production is being studied in advance of the production. They are the concrete or abstract visual representations that will inform what Wilson might or might not see as possible on the stage.The drawings can be specific to what Wilson envisions for that particular act, scene or interlude.

Another set of drawings might be made when the stage work is being physically created within the theater itself. These drawings might be about what Wilson sees or wants to see, or might not want to see on stage during rehearsals. They might be about what is happening that day, the next day, the previous day on the stage itself. The drawings tend to be a record of what the production is, was, or where it might be going.

Another set of drawings might be about the times when reflecting back on a production that has been. They are what Wilson remembers the work to be or wishes it was.

At all times Wilson’s drawings stand alone, independent from his theater. His drawings are works of art and his own theatrical associations are not necessary to speak of, can be a distraction, and as he says might get in the way of seeing clearly.

VIDEO PORTRAITS

The video portraits act as a complete synthesis of all the media in the realm of Wilson’s art making – lighting, costume, make up, choreography, gesture, text, voice, set design, and narrative. The medium is HD video but the form blurs time-based cinematography with the frozen moment of still photography. As in the layering nature of Wilson’s creative process, the video portraits infuse references found in painting, sculpture, design, architecture, dance, theater, photography, television, film and contemporary culture. The final result on the HD monitor resembles a photograph, but on closer inspection reveals Wilson’s highly developed theatrical language."

Noah Khoshbin, Curator

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Apr
9
to May 21

Black and White / Düsseldorf (Exhibition)

The acclaimed Galerie Till Breckner in Düsseldorf, Germany, hosts an exhibition of works on paper and Video Portraits by Robert Wilson, celebrating the world première of his new production The Sandman at the Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf. 

The works will be exhibited in two locations (walking distance from one another): Galerie Breckner (Altestadt 7) and the historic Ratinger Tor (Maximilian-Weyhe-Allee). 

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Apr
4
to Apr 9

Euroluce / Trade Show

The Italian lamp design company SLAMP, manufacturer of Robert Wilson's dramatic "La Traviata" chandelier, presents their work at the Euroluce lighting exhibition during the "Salone del Mobile" in Milan. The installation of SLAMP products was also designed by Robert Wilson.

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Mar
24
to Oct 31

SLAMP Installation / Athens

An installation of "La Traviata" chandeliers, designed by Robert Wilson for the Italian lampmaker SLAMP, is on display at the breathtaking Acropolis Museum (atrium, ground floor). The installation opened at the occasion of the documenta 14 in Athens. Access to the atrium is free of charge.

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Detail of the "La Traviata" chandelier by Robert Wilson (courtesy SLAMP)

Detail of the "La Traviata" chandelier by Robert Wilson (courtesy SLAMP)

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Mar
10
to Mar 26

Noah's Ark / Hong Kong (Exhibition)

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To present its new High Jewelry collection, la Maison entrusted Robert Wilson, American set designer famed for his radiant, subtle, and thrilling conceptions, with the scenography.

In his vision of the Ark, Robert Wilson imagined a sensory mise-en-scène plunged in the engulfing darkness. The constant screening of a video is reminiscent of the sea; the soft and enfolding piece of music evokes mystery; the skies darken as lightning streaks herald a storm, the Ark departs, and the ensuing respite hums like a promise of peace…

Robert Wilson creates a dreamlike travel through a positive and timeless interpretation of the of Noah’s Ark, evoking first of all a preserved paradise.
— Van Cleef and Arpels

Free admission

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Oct
21
to Nov 19

Robert Wilson: Glass Works / Paris

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François Laffanour presented Glass Works by Robert Wilson, from October 21st to November 19th 2016 at Galerie Downtown in Paris. This exhibition gathered a selection of glass artworks by Robert Wilson, made from 1994 to 2003 at the Centre International de Recherche sur le Verre et les Arts plastiques (CIRVA) in Marseille.

I like ceramics because I think it must be beautiful to work with clay and earth in one’s hands, but I much prefer glass. The heaviness and the lightness can be extreme. I like the strictness of the curved line as it is seen in geometry. There are only 2 lines: curved and straight. That is a part of classical construction: buildings/trees, protagonist/antagonist. Time for me is a line that goes from the center of the earth to the heavens. Space is a horizontal line. This cross is the basic architecture of everything. It is the stripe of Barnett Newman, a piano key being played, the drip of milk in a Vermeer painting, or Jesus Christ on a cross. Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs are based on the vertical and the horizontal, or a triangle that can be drawn from the top center to the edges of the bottom.
— Robert Wilson

Gallery open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30AM to 1PM and 2PM to 7PM

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Sep
3
to Sep 26

Noah's Ark / Paris (Exhibition)

To present its new High Jewelry collection, la Maison entrusted Robert Wilson, American set designer famed for his radiant, subtle, and thrilling conceptions, with the scenography.

In his vision of the Ark, Robert Wilson imagined a sensory mise-en-scène plunged in the engulfing darkness. The constant screening of a video is reminiscent of the sea; the soft and enfolding piece of music evokes mystery; the skies darken as lightning streaks herald a storm, the Ark departs, and the ensuing respite hums like a promise of peace…

Robert Wilson creates a dreamlike travel through a positive and timeless interpretation of the of Noah’s Ark, evoking first of all a preserved paradise.
— Van Cleef and Arpels

Free admission

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Oct
1
to Oct 24

Black and White / New York

While widely known for creating highly acclaimed theatrical pieces, Robert Wilson’s work is firmly rooted in the fine arts. His drawings, paintings and sculptures have been presented around the world in hundreds of solo and group showings. Wilson exhibitions have appeared at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1991); the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (1991); and the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (1992). His drawings, prints, videos and sculptures are held in private collections and museums throughout the world, notably The Metropolitan Museum of Art; MoMA; the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art; and Centre Georges Pompidou.

Opening Reception:
Thursday, October 1, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

We are proud to present Robert Wilson with the NAC Medal of Honor for Achievement in Fine Arts on Thursday, October 8, 2015.
— National Arts Club

More information on the exhibition can be found on the web site of the National Arts Club as well as in this press release.

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Sep
18
to Feb 7

Video Portraits / Bad Rothenfelde

Robert Wilson's Video Portraits have been shown in the most prestigious museums around the world. This year, they will be part of the Video Biennial lichtsicht 5 in the town of Bad Rothenfelde, Germany. For the first time ever the Video Portraits will be projected on large surfaces outdoors in the spectacular setting of a giant salina. The lichtsicht 5 Biennial is curated by Peter Weibel, director of the ZKM Center for Arts and Media.

More information here (free admission)

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Apr
11
to May 17

Einstein on the Beach Exhibition / Nottingham

This exhibition, curated by Matthew Chesney, features works by the creators of Einstein on the Beach: Lucinda Childs, Andrew De Groat, Philip Glass, Christoper Knowles and Robert Wilson.

Note: The venue is only open Thursdays through Sundays from 12-5pm.

Einstein on the Beach is a revolutionary opera by Phillip Glass and Robert Wilson and is recognised as one of the greatest artistic achievements of the 20th Century. Einstein on the Beach is an opera in four acts framed and connected by five “knee plays” or intermezzos. The opera eschews traditional narrative in favour of a formalist approach based on structured spaces, minimalist sets, an exuberantly complex score, and distinctive choreography by Lucinda Childs.
The work portrays the icon purely as a historical figure; in the absence of a storyline however, incorporate symbols from Einstein’s life within the opera’s scenery, characters, and music, representing poetic notions of spectacle, time and space.
Nearly four decades after its first staging, Backlit will reimagine the unique visual, dramatic and musical languages of Einstein on the Beach through the exhibition of props, manuscripts, stage designs and music from the original performance in 1976. The project is in partnership with Paula Cooper Gallery, and the Watermill Center, New York. Dance 4 will deliver talks and events in response to the exhibition.
— from the BACKLIT web site

More information can be found here.

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Apr
10
6:00 PM18:00

Einstein on the Beach Exhibition / Nottingham (Public Preview)

This exhibition, curated by Matthew Chesney, features works by the creators of Einstein on the Beach: Lucinda Childs, Andrew De Groat, Philip Glass, Christoper Knowles and Robert Wilson.

Einstein on the Beach is a revolutionary opera by Phillip Glass and Robert Wilson and is recognised as one of the greatest artistic achievements of the 20th Century. Einstein on the Beach is an opera in four acts framed and connected by five “knee plays” or intermezzos. The opera eschews traditional narrative in favour of a formalist approach based on structured spaces, minimalist sets, an exuberantly complex score, and distinctive choreography by Lucinda Childs.
The work portrays the icon purely as a historical figure; in the absence of a storyline however, incorporate symbols from Einstein’s life within the opera’s scenery, characters, and music, representing poetic notions of spectacle, time and space.
Nearly four decades after its first staging, Backlit will reimagine the unique visual, dramatic and musical languages of Einstein on the Beach through the exhibition of props, manuscripts, stage designs and music from the original performance in 1976. The project is in partnership with Paula Cooper Gallery, and the Watermill Center, New York. Dance 4 will deliver talks and events in response to the exhibition.
— from the BACKLIT web site

More information can be found here.

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Mar
9
to May 14

Video Portraits of Lady Gaga / Athens

Robert Wilson's unique Video Portraits of Lady Gaga series was first shown at the Musée du Louvre in the fall of 2013 and will be exhibited at Bernier/Eliades Gallery in Athens from March 9 through May 14, 2015. The exhibition is curated by Noah Khoshbin.

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The collaboration [with Lady Gaga] began after Robert Wilson received a phone call from the singer, saying she’d like to discuss projects they might work on together. He subsequently designed the set for her 2013 MTV Video Music Awards performance. And he suggested that she pose for his series of video portraits, also featuring celebrities like Brad Pitt and Winona Ryder.
Knowing he had an upcoming stint as guest curator at the Louvre, Wilson chose themes from the museum’s collection, all dealing with death. ‘She’s sort of serious,’ he explained, ‘not your ordinary pop star.’ They shot the videos in a London studio over three days, Gaga standing for 14 or 15 hours at a time (when she wasn’t trussed like a chicken), blowing away the director with her stamina and emotional intelligence.
One subject he selected was Andrea Solario’s 16th-century ‘Head of Saint John the Baptist on a Charger’. He filmed 11 views of the singer’s bearded face and superimposed them over the painted head of the martyr. ‘She would look at the image and after a while she would look at her face in a mirror and something happened, and I would shoot her,’ he said. Each portrait is unique - thanks to the size of the slash at her throat, her lips being parted or closed, her eyelids fluttering or her expression changing.
A larger-format video references Ingres’ ‘Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière’, the portrait of a 15-year-old girl who passed away soon after the completion. Gaga managed to capture both the maiden’s dignified beauty and the knowledge that she was about to die. ‘There’s a nobility to her,’ Wilson said of the Born This Way singer, ‘she’s a real princess.’
— Amy Serafin, Wallpaper, December 12, 2013
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Jul
26
to Sep 14

Video Portraits of Lady Gaga

Opening at the 21st annual Watermill Center gala benefit on July 26, 2014, the Video Portraits of Lady Gaga represent the recent work done by Robert Wilson, featuring Lady Gaga. These portraits originally opened at the Musée du Louvre in the fall of 2013.

Curated by Noah Khoshbin

July 26, 2014 through September 14, 2014 at The Watermill Center



Photograph © Julian Mommert

Photograph © Julian Mommert

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Jul
4
to Oct 5

Image Makers / Tokyo

There should be no definitions for design and art; there is a real need for unconventional ideas free from worn-out methods of expression and beyond the boundaries of disciplines. This is the way to enable world-shaking-ly fascinating works to see the light of day, which broaden horizons and break down barriers between fields, is it not? 

Demonstrating that any classification is unnecessary for creations, the exhibition "Image-Makers" will certainly offer visitors an evocative experience, awaking a sense of wonder and innocent feelings of joy that they used to find as a child.

The exhibition will feature the works of great image-makers such as Jean-Paul Goude, Jun Miyake, ROBERT WILSON, David Lynch, Noritaka Tatehana and Photographer Hal. Their works - photographs, drawings, video installations and kinetic sculptures–as well as their creation processes, which have close links with the worlds of fashion, performance, design and cinema, will provide visitors with multiple perspectives, enabling them to embark on a journey into an imaginary world in a moment.

July 4 - October 5, 2014

Hours from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm

Closed on Tuesdays (except September 23)

 

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Dec
12
to Mar 23

Robert Wilson. Video Portraits / Bratislava

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This is the first exhibition in Slovakia of the work of Robert Wilson, famous theater director, designer and producer; it will feature a selection of his traveling Voom Portraits.

Wilson’s portraits, usually displayed in galleries and always in perfect arrangements, represent noteworthy examples of the classical genre with an upgrade by way of new digital technology. They can sparkle in a darkened gallery (as works of “high art”), illuminate rough city spaces (as light box advertisements), decorate living rooms or serve as themes for mobile phone applications.  Of course, Wilson counts on this multi-functionality–however, perfect technological support is a must.

Wilson’s extravagant visual style is always saturated, full of impulses, strongly stylized, campy and kitschy, in its own way.  And his Voom Portraits are no different.  Their saturated beauty draws from the traditions of theater, film, music and visual art while remaining strongly digital and fully utilizing the means of expression of the new media.  It is high-definition beauty, with graceful slow motion and ideal calibration. 

Open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Thursdays from 12:00 pm to 8.00 pm.  The Slovak Nation Gallery is closed on Mondays.

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Living Rooms / Paris
Nov
13
to Feb 17

Living Rooms / Paris

The Louvre Museum invites Robert Wilson, forty years after his entry on the French artistic scene with Deafman Glance.  Living Rooms reproduces Wilson’s own living and work space in Watermill (USA) in a museum room.  A rich program of performances, debates and screenings prolongs the exhibit.

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