Robert Wilson

Born in 1941 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Waco, Texas, Robert Wilson is among the world's foremost theater and visual artists. His works for the stage unconventionally integrate a wide variety of artistic media, including dance, movement, lighting, sculpture, music and text. His images are aesthetically striking and emotionally charged, and his productions have earned the acclaim of audiences and critics worldwide.

After being educated at the University of Texas and Brooklyn's Pratt Institute, Wilson founded the New York-based performance collective "The Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds" in the mid-1960s, and developed his first signature works, including Deafman Glance (1970) and A Letter for Queen Victoria (1974-1975). With Philip Glass he wrote the seminal opera Einstein on the Beach (1976).

Wilson's artistic collaborators include many writers and musicians such as Heiner Müller, Tom Waits, Susan Sontag, Laurie Anderson, William Burroughs, Lou Reed and Jessye Norman. He has also left his imprint on masterworks such as Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape, Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Debussy's Pelléas et Melisande, Brecht/Weill's Threepenny Opera, Büchner's Woyzeck, Jean de la Fontaine's Fables and Homer's Odyssey.

Robert Wilson's drawings, paintings and sculptures have been presented around the world in hundreds of solo and group showings, and his works are held in private collections and museums throughout the world.

Wilson has been honored with numerous awards for excellence, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination, two Premio Ubu awards, the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale, and an Olivier Award. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters and France pronounced him Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres.

Wilson is the founder and Artistic Director of The Watermill Center, a laboratory for performing arts in Watermill, New York.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2014
Robert Wilson - Center for Contemporary Art, CCA Kitakyushu, Kitakyushu
Robert Wilson Tropical Spring - Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX
2013
Robert Wilson - Videoportréty - River Gallery, Bratislava
Robert Wilson. Videoportraits - Esterházy Palace, Bratislava
Robert Wilson - Videoportréty - Pavleye Art & Culture, Prague
Le Louvre invite Robert Wilson - Living Rooms - Musée du Louvre, Paris
Robert Wilson - Video Portaits Of Lady Gaga - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac - Paris, Paris
2012
Robert Wilson - Video Portreti - Galerija Klovi?evi dvori, Zagreb
Robert Wilson - Ritratti A Palazzo Madama - Palazzo Madama, Turin
Robert Wilson: Gould Variations - University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
Robert Wilson: Video 50 - UMMA - The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
2011
Robert Wilson - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
Robert Wilson - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac - Salzburg, Salzburg
Video Portrait Drawings - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac - Salzburg, Salzburg
Robert Wilson - Video Portraits - Museum der Moderne - MdM Mönchsberg, Salzburg
Robert Wilson - Video Portraits - Timken Museum of Art , San Diego, CA
Video portraits de Robert Wilson - Instituto Moreira Salles - Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Robert Wilson Video Portraits - Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
2010
Video portraits - Jiri Svestka Prague, Prague
Deafman Glance: Video Installation - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
Robert Wilson. Video Portraits - ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe
Robert Wilson - Video Portraits, A Collectors View - Kunsthalle Koidl , Berlin
Robert Wilson - Video Portraits - Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
2009
Tin-sects - Coleman Burke Gallery - Portland, Portland, ME
Robert Wilson: Voom Portraits - Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg
Robert Wilson - Voom Portraits - Neue Galerie Graz - Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz
Robert Wilson: Voom Portraits - Palazzo Reale, Milan
VOOM PORTRAITS: Robert Wilson - Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL
Robert Wilson: Voom Portraits - The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
2008
VOOM PORTRAITS Robert Wilson - National Museum of Singapore, Singapore
Voom Portraits - Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL
VOOM Portraits: Robert Wilson - Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE
VOOM Portraits: Robert Wilson - University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA
2007
Voom Portraits. A still life is a real life - Museo D'Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina - MADRE, Naples
VOOM. Portraits by Robert Wilson - Cultural Foundation Ekaterina, Moscow
Robert Wilson - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
2006
Robert Wilson - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac - Paris, Paris
2005
Robert Wilson - Video 50 (1978-80) - The RISD Museum - University of Rhode Island, Providence, RI
2004
Robert Wilson - Chairs and drawings - Galerie Baronian-Francey, Brussels
ROBERT WILSON - Sculptures and drawings - Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003
Robert Wilson - On a Clear Day You Yan See Your Mother II - Galerie Nordenhake - Berlin, Berlin
2002
Robert Wilson - Galerie de France, Paris
2001
Robert Wilson - Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Athens
2000
Robert Wilson - Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich
Robert Wilson - Recent Sculpture - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
Robert Wilson - Annemarie Verna Gallery, Zurich
Robert Wilson - Fast - Pippy Houldsworth, London
1998
Robert Wilson - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac - Salzburg, Salzburg
1997
Robert Wilson. Ein Environment aus 12 Tableaux - Museum Villa Stuck, Munich
Robert Wilson: Sets for Alceste and Parsifal - University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA
Robert Wilson - Pelleas & Melisande - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac - Salzburg, Salzburg
1996
Robert Wilson - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
1995
Robert Wilson - Erwartung - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac - Paris, Paris
Robert Wilson - The Rooms of Seven Women - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac - Salzburg, Salzburg
Robert Wilson - Zauberflöte - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac - Salzburg, Salzburg
1994
Three Rooms - Akira Ikeda - New York, New York City, NY
Robert Wilson - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
1993
Robert Wilson - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
Robert Wilson - Monsters of Grace - Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
1992
Einstein on the Bench - Kamakura Gallery, Kanagawa
Robert Wilson - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
1991
Robert Wilson - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
Robert Wilson - Monuments - kestnergesellschaft, Hannover
Robert Wilson’s Vision - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
Robert Wilson - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
1989
Robert Wilson: Orlando : 22 Zeichnungen = 22 drawings, 1989 - Annemarie Verna Gallery, Zurich
1987
Robert Wilson - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
1986
Robert Wilson Drawings - University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA
Robert Wilson - Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA
Robert Wilson: Drawings for "the CIVIL warS" - Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
1984
Robert Wilson - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
Robert Wilson's Civil warS: Drawings, Models & Documentation - Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
1982
Robert Wilson: the golden windows - Annemarie Verna Gallery, Zurich
Robert Wilson: the golden windows - Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus & Kunstbau, Munich
1980
Robert Wilson - from a theater of images - Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY
Robert Wilson. From a Theatre of Images - CAC - Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
1977
Robert Wilson - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY


GROUP

2015
Selfies and Portraits of the East End - Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
2014
Days of Endless Me - Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Kubrick - Spoke Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Kennedy Bunker - REH-Transformer, Berlin
Über 80 Für 80 - Achim Freyer Kunsthaus, Berlin
2013
Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama—Manhattan, 1970–1980 - Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
Between Memory and Archive - Berardo Museum - Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, Lisbon
Hybrid Stories - National Museum of Contemporary Art - EMST, Athens
2012
Wagner 2013. Künstlerpositionen - AdK - Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Einstein on the Beach - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
Stage Presence - Theatricality In Art And Media - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Group Show - Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Thanks: 50th Anniversary Exhibition - Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Vidéo Vintage 1963-1983 - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
2011
Christmas Group Show - Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Athens
Desenhos De Cena - Institut français du Portugal, Lisbon
Elemental - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
2010
Law Of The Jungle - Lehmann Maupin, New York City, NY
Josef Svoboda – Robert Wilson - Museum Kampa - The Jan and Meda Mládek Foundation, Prague
Die Leichtigkeit des Seins Teil 3 - Dany Keller Galerie, Eichelhardt
Armitage Gone Dance Exquisite Corpse Project - Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc., New York City, NY
Celebration - MMCA Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki
Winter Group Exhibition - Coleman Burke Gallery - Brunswick, Brunswick, ME
2009
Second Site - 516 ARTS, Albuquerque, NM
HELLWACH GEGENWÄRTIG - MARTa Herford, Herford
Isabelle Huppert: Woman of Many Faces - UCCA - Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
2008
Contemporary Art for 30 years PART 1 - Kamakura Gallery, Kanagawa
Aquilo Sou Eu - Edifício de Espanha, Lisbon
Die lucky Bush - MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp
2007
20th Century Design Art - The Columns, Seoul
Sculpture - James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
Paper: Featuring traditional and innovative uses of the medium - Fisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NY
Not For Sale - MoMA PS1, New York City, NY
2006
Radical NY! The Downtown show: the New York art scene, 1974-1984 and abstract expresionism: 1940-1960 - Austin Museum of Art - AMOA, Austin, TX
"Behausungen" - Dany Keller Galerie, Munich
The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene, 1974–1984 - The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg, PA
40jahrevideokunst.de - Teil 1 - K21 Ständehaus, Dusseldorf
Kunst als Möbel im Widerstand - MARTa Herford, Herford
The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene, 1974–1984 - Grey Art Gallery, NYU, New York City, NY
2005
Ecos y Contrastes - Arte Contemporáneo en la Colección Cisneros - Centro Nacional de la Cultura, San José
Indeterminate States - Video in the Ella Fontanals - CIFO - Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, FL
Lichtkunst aus Kunstlicht - ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe
Sammlung MARTa Herford - MARTa Herford, Herford
Videographies – The Early Decades - II Cycle - National Museum of Contemporary Art - EMST, Athens
Salon d'automne - Annemarie Verna Gallery, Zurich
Videographies – The Early Decades - I Cycle - National Museum of Contemporary Art - EMST, Athens
(my private) Heroes - MARTa Herford, Herford
2004
25th Anniversary Exhibition - MODERNISM, San Francisco, CA
"Eine kurze Zeit ...lang" - Dany Keller Galerie, Munich
L’intime, le collectionneur derriere la porte - La Maison Rouge, Paris
2003
Heiliger Sebastian - A Splendid Readiness For Death - Museumsquartier, Vienna
Independence - SLG South London Gallery, London
2002
Merce Cunningham Foundation Benefit 50th Anniversary Art Sale - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
Multimedia Installation Bam! Bam! Bam! Catching the next wave for 20 years - Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York City, NY
Wächserne Identitäten - Figürliche Wachsplastik am Ende des 20. Jahrhunderts - Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin
SHOW PEOPLE: Downtown Directors and the Play of Time - Exit Art, New York City, NY
Lewis Caroll - ... confiture demain et confiture hier. Mais jamais confiture auj - CRAC - Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain de Sète, Sète
Sammlerstücke - Dany Keller Galerie, Munich
Selections from the permanent collection of video art - National Museum of Contemporary Art - EMST, Athens
2001
The Inward Eye - Transcendence in Contemporary Art - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
Unique(s) - Pippy Houldsworth, London
About Objects - The RISD Museum - University of Rhode Island, Providence, RI
The “classics” of video art ( 1965- 1995)-New Media - National Museum of Contemporary Art - EMST, Athens
2000
Joan Banach, Ansuya Blom and Robert Wilson - Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam
Times are changing - Auf dem Wege! Aus dem 20. Jahrhundert! - Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen
Soft White - Lighting Designs by Artists - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
1999
1999 Drawings - Alexander and Bonin, New York City, NY
Head to Toe - Impressing the Body - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
1998
Amnesty International Benefit Drawing Show - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
Mode und Textiles - Wissenschaftspark Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen
1997
Tableaux - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
The Lois Beurman Torf Print Collection - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Pablo Cano: The Pursuit of Love and Animated Altarpieces - Museum of Contemporary Art - North Miami (MOCA), Miami, FL
Whitney Biennial 1997 - Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
Silent & Violent: Selected Artists - MAK Center for Art and Architecture, West Hollywood, CA
1996
Black Grey & White - Part II - Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Dusseldorf
Black Grey & White - Part I - Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Dusseldorf
1994
Some American Drawings - The Menil Collection, Houston, TX
Exhibition of Prints - Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre, Athens
1993
Seeing the Forest Through the Trees - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
Magazin m Magazin - Magazin4 - Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz
1992
Parkett - CECCH - Centre d'édition contemporaine - Genève, Geneva
1991
Act-Up Benefit Exhibition - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
21° Bienal de São Paulo - Bienal de Sao Paulo, São Paulo
1990
I Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento´90 - Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Madrid
Group Exhibition - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
Broken Music - Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC
Energieën - Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam
A Video: Dream - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
1989
20° Bienal de São Paulo - Bienal de Sao Paulo, São Paulo
The Arts for Television - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
Video: Arts for Television - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
The arts for television - Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC
1988
Daine Ostoich and Rob Wilson - Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
100 Odd Ways to Have Fun - Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
1987
documenta 8 - Documenta, Kassel
Art Against Aids: A Benefit Exhibition - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
1986
Procesos: cultura y nuevas tecnologías - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
Die Maler und das Theater im 20. Jahrhundert / Painters and Theater in the Twentieth Century - Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/Main
1984
Content : A Contemporary Focus 1974 - 1984 - Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
1982
The Next Wave - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
1981
Other Realities – Installations for Performance - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
The Rsm Collection - CAC - Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
Whitney Biennial 1981 - Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
1980
39th Venice Biennale - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice

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