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BIOGRAPHIES


AWARDS

2014

Officer of the Legion of Honor, awarded by the President of the French Republic

Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit, awarded by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany

Goethe Medal: Lifetime Achievement Award from the Goethe-Institut [awarded August 28, 2014, Weimar, Germany]

Manchester Theatre Award: Set Design for The Old Woman

Artis Bohemiae Amicis Award for the promotion of Czech culture

2013

Received honorary doctorate from La Sorbonne [awarded November 19, 2013, Paris, France]

Paez Medal of Art, awarded by the Venezuelan American Endowment for the Arts

Olivier Award: Best New Opera for Einstein on the Beach

Received honorary doctorate from The City University of New York [awarded May 23, 2013, New York, New York]


2012

International Design and Communication Award


2010

Der Steiger Award [awarded March 13, 2010, Bochum, Germany]

Received honorary doctorate from the American University of Paris


2009

Hein Heckroth Prize – Lifetime Achievement for Scenic Design [awarded April 19, 2009, Giessen, Germany]

Honoree at the Orange County Museum of Art's Art of Dining 2009 Ultramodern [June 5, 2009, Newport Beach, CA]

Culture e Fede [ceremony to honor artists, including Robert Wilson, presided over by Pope Benedict XVI, Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, November 21, 2009]

Honoree at Alliance Française with Pierre Bergé [New York]

Richard B. Fisher Award for Quartett [Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY]

Jerome Robbins Award [New York]


2008

Received honorary doctorate from University of Bucharest, Romania

Best Theater Production in Czech Republic for The Threepenny Opera


2007

Rosa d'Oro [awarded by David Hockney on October 27, 2007, Palermo, Italy]


2006 

Drama Desk Award Nominee for Outstanding Director of a Play for Peer Gynt; Best Costume Design for Jacques Reynaud; Best “Theatrical Experience” [May 21, 2006, New York City]


2005

Louise T. Blouin Foundation Award [awarded May 2, 2005, New York City]

Pratt Legends Honoree, Pratt Institute [awarded April 19, 2005, Brooklyn, New York]

American Innovator Award, The Japan Society [awarded April 6, 2005, New York City]

Texas Medal of Arts, Texas Cultural Trust Council [awarded April 5, 2005, Austin, Texas]

Received honorary doctorate from University of Toronto


2003

Commander of the Order of Arts and Letter, awarded by the President of the French Republic [awarded December 9, 2003, France]

Backstage West Garland Award: Best Lighting Design for Woyzeck [awarded February 10, 2003, Los Angeles, California]


2002

Thomas Jefferson Award, American Institute of Architects, Houston, Texas [awarded April 20, 2002]

"Politika" Grand Prix Award Belgrade International Theater Festival (BITEF) for Woyzeck [awarded October 17, 2002, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro]


2001

National Design Award, Smithsonian Institution, National Design Museum [awarded November 14, 2001]

Houston Opera Gala [honored March 31, 2001]

Reumert Award for Best Set Design for Woyzeck


2000

Grand Prix de la Critique 1999-2000: Meilleur Spectacle Étranger [Best Foreign Production] for Dream Play, Syndicat de la Critique Dramatique et Musicale [awarded June 26, 2000, Paris, France]

Honored at the Mary Buckley Endowed Scholarship Dinner, Pratt Institute [February 29, 2000, New York, New York]

American Academy of Arts and Letters [elected American Honorary Member, inducted May 17, 2000]


1999

Wilhelm Hansen Honorable Prize, Copenhagen [awarded October 25, 1999]

Médaille d’Argent de la Foundation de l’Académie d’Architecture, Paris [awarded June 15, 1999]

Honorary Award, 11th International Istanbul Theatre Festival

Pushkin Prize, Moscow, Taganka Theater [awarded April 23, 1999]


1998

Harvard Excellence in Design Award [awarded October 8, 1998, Cambridge, Massachusetts]


1997

Tadeusz Kantor Prize [awarded December 7, 1997 Crakow, Poland]

April 18th is Robert Wilson Day by the Texas State Legislature

B.Z. Arts Award "Berliner Bär", Berlin


1996

Premio Europa per il Teatro [awarded January 6, 1997 Taormina, Italy]

Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize [New York]


1995

Best Director, International Widescreen Festival for The Death of Molière

Premio Abbiati, Italian Theater Critics Award for Hanjo/Hagoromo

Texas Artist of the Year, Art League of Houston

Guest of Honor, American Friends of the Paris Opera and Ballet, Gala Dinner


1994

Premio Ubu, Best Foreign Performance for Alice

Received honorary doctorate from California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California


1993

Golden Lion (First Prize in Sculpture), 45th Venice Biennale for Memory/Loss installation


1992

Premio Ubu, Best Foreign Performance for Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights


1991

Received honorary doctorate from the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York

Jack I. and Lillian Poses Creative Arts Award at Brandeis University, for Alternative and Multidiscipline Creative Art Forms [awarded April 25, 1991, Waltham, Massachusetts]

Theatertreffen, Festspiele Berlin for The Black Rider


1990

German Theater Critics Award, Best Production of the Year for The Black Rider

Special Mention by the Jury, "Festival du Film d'Art" for La Femme à la Cafetière video


1989

Grand Prize, Barcelona Biennale Festival of Cinema Art for La Femme à la Cafetière video

Premio Abbiati, Best Production of the Year, Italian Theater Critics Award for Dr. Faustus

Grand Prize for Best Event, Biennial of São Paulo for Parzival and Hamletmachine furniture and drawings

New York Public Library Lion of the Performing Arts


1988

Institute Honor, The American Institute of Architects

Premio Mondello, Award for Theater


1987

American Theatre Wing Design Award, Noteworthy Unusual Effects for the CIVIL warS–Rome Section

Bessie Award for the CIVIL warS–Knee Plays

Le Sydicat de la Critique Musicale Award for Best Foreign Play for Alcestis

Theatertreffen, Berliner Festspiele for Hamletmachine

Skowhegan Medal for Drawing, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture


1986

Sole nominee, Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the CIVIL warS (no prize awarded that year)

Picasso Award, Malaga Theater Festival for Overture to the Fourth Act of Deafman Glance

Obie Award for Direction for Hamletmachine


1985

Franklin Furnace Award for Einstein on the Beach


1984

Theatertreffen, Berliner Festspiele for the CIVIL warS–Cologne Section

First Prize, San Sebastian Film and Video Festival for Stations


1982

Der Rosenstrauss for The Golden Windows

Harvard University Citation for The Golden Windows


1979

Best Production of the Year, German Critics Award for Death Destruction & Detroit

First Prize, German Press Award for Death Destruction & Detroit


1977

Le Sydicat de la Critique Musicale Award for Best Musical Theater for Einstein on the Beach

Grand Prize, BITEF (Belgrade) for Einstein on the Beach

Lumen Award for Design for Einstein on the Beach


1975

Maharam Award for Best Set Design for a Broadway Show for A Letter for Queen Victoria

TONY Nomination for Best Score and Lyrics for A Letter for Queen Victoria


1974

OBIE Special Award Citation for Direction for The Life and Times of Joseph Stalin


1971

Drama Desk Award for Direction for Deafman Glance


1970

Le Syndicat de la Critique Musicale Award for Best Foreign Play, 1970-71 for Deafman Glance


NOTABLE QUOTES

An artist recreates history, not like a historian, but as a poet. The artist takes the communal ideas and associations that surround the various gods of his or her time and plays with them, inventing another story for these mythic characters.
— Robert Wilson in conversations with Umberto Eco, Performing Arts Journal, January 1993
…Light is not an afterthought. It’s something that’s architectural, it’s structure, it’s thought about from the beginning, it’s part of the book, it’s like an actor. So it’s not a decoration.
— Robert Wilson in an interview with John Bell, Theater Week, January 3, 1994
[I appreciate]…Hollywood portraits of the early 30s and those from Germany in the 20s where light performed as an actor, where every movement, every second was lit and sculptured, allowing us to hear and see more readily and intensely...Light in my work functions as a part of an architectural whole. It is an element that helps us hear and see, which is the primary way we communicate. Without light there is no space.
— Robert Wilson interviewed in Dance Ink, 1995
I have never told an actor ‘this means that.’ I create a very strict structure as far as choreography is concerned, I am strict when I give directions for movement, but not thought. The directions I give, if I give them, to the actors, are about them being more inward, faster or slower–formalistic directions. ‘Quieter,’ ‘Stronger,’ ‘Faster,’ ‘Pull that.’ I don’t discuss with the actors what they say on stage or what they think. Sometimes I tell them, ‘You believe too much in what you are saying and so you are not believable.’
— Robert Wilson interviewed in The Vima, 2001