Robert Wilson: Chairs

January 05, 2009 /

On view: January 01, 0001 - January 01, 0001

Robert Wilson is a pioneer in the art world who has changed the way we look at theater, art and design.

As a total work of art Robert Wilson's theater is an instrument that is versatile enough to allow almost any vision: sound, lighting, costume design, narrative construction, reconstruction, destruction, elements of dance, performance art, grand opera, cinema.

Wilson's furniture and sculptural pieces are born on the stage as a key element, envisioned as performers on equal par with the actors.

They are exhibited and collected in galleries, museums and private collections worldwide.

Madame Butterfly      Originally designed for the production of Madame Butterfly 1992media: black  lacquered wood, bamboo, steeldimensions: 59 x 12 x 10 inchesedition of 3

The chairs that I've designed are more like sculptures, I always give them names: the Queen Victoria chair, the Joseph Stalin chair, the Sigmund Freud hanging chair, the Marguerite Duras chair. The Marie Curie chair, made from thin, steel rods, comes with an audio tape extract from the scientist's diary. In a sense, they are more like poetic visions of personalities of our time, the way the Greeks made sculptures of the gods of their times./Robert Wilson

Meek Girl Chairoriginally designed for the production of The Meek Girl, 1994          media:  wood, veneers, furdimensions:  106 x 54 x 55 cm.edition of 3

Malady of Death Chair     Originally designed for The Malady of Death, 1992media:  upholstery over wooddimensions:  55x20x24"Edition of 3

Parzival: a chair with a shadow    originally designed for Parzival 1987media: bleached birch with black lacquer.dimensions: 41 3/4 x 15 x 15 3/4 inches.edition of 15

wilson_chair_5.jpgQueen's Chair     originally The Days Before: death destruction & Detroit III 1999media:  lacquered black beech wooddimensions: 29 x 10 x 19 inches                        edition of 2

wilson_chair_6.jpgChair for Marie Curie  Originally designed for De Materie 1989                                media: threaded steel rod, safety glass, neon light, electrical transformer and cablesdimensions: 54 x 11 7/8 x 15 3/4 inchesedition of 9


Lear ThroneOriginally designed for King Lear, 1990media:  steel, copper, industrial rubber mattingdimensions:  165 5/8 x 24 7/8 x 71 7/8 inchesedition of 1

Little Prince ChairOriginally designed for Wings on Rock 1998     media: steeldimensions: 70 ? x 20 ? x 10" Edition of 3

wilson_chair_9.jpgElsa Chair  Originally designed for Lohengrin, 1991media:  Brassdimensions:  65 1/8 (h) x 24 (l) x 12 ? (w)"edition of 3

Einstein on the Beach Chair
originally designed for Einstein on the Beach 1976
media: steel
dimensions: 84x10x10"
edition of 6

Pamina Bed
Originally designed for The Magic Flute 1991
media: steel                                                  
Dimensions: 28 x 28 x 108 inches
edition of 3


Leonce and Lena Bed
Originally designed for Leonce and Lena
media: wood
dimensions 120 x 20 x 25"
Edition of 3

Rudolf Hess Beach Chairs
Originally designed for Death Destruction and Detroit, 1979
media: nickel plated steel.
dimensions:  31 x 78 1/2 x 23 3/4 inches
dimensions:  22 x 78 1/2 x 23 3/4 inches
edition of 9


Marion's ChaiseOriginally designed for Danton's Death 1992media:  Colorado Yule White Marbledimensions:  24 1/2 x 77 x 13 1/4 inchesEdition of 3

Robert Wilson is a towering figure in the world of experimental theater and an explorer in the uses of time and space on stage. Transcending theatrical convention, he draws in other performance and graphic arts, which coalesce into an integrated tapestry of images and sounds./The New York Times


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