rosalie (* 1954, Gemmrigheim; † 2017, Stuttgart) studied art history and German at the University of Stuttgart, as well as painting, graphics, plastic art, and stage and costume design under Prof. Jürgen Rose at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart.
She was a major name internationally with her theater and stage projects for opera, ballet, drama and film, as well as her exhibition projects in contemporary image and light art. She developed new esthetic languages in these artistic disciplines and did a great deal of interdisciplinary media networking and collaboration.
rosalie really caught international attention starting with her scenic light/image spaces for The Ring of the Nibelung at the Bayreuther Festspiele festival between 1994 from 1998. Specific productions with contemporary music were key to her work, opening up totally new forms of interaction between light, color, and rhythm from a perspective of experimental spaces.
Light art came to be a central theme in the Stuttgart-based artist’s multi-faceted body of work from 2006, and her large-format kinetic light sculptures were received with great interest by the public and the media. Contemporary material, highly complex technologies, and digital media form the basis from which rosalie generated “new universes of light” (as Peter Weibel put it): light artworks exuding enormous color force and emotionality.
Key works in her later years included the kinetic light installations HELIOS (2007–2009), Séraphin (2007), HYPERION_Fragment (2008–2009), and CHROMA_LUX, a permanent light sculpture that was exhibited at the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Her interactive light installation HELIOS – La nube luminosa was featured at the third International Biennial for Contemporary Art in Seville in 2008. In 2013 rosalie created three large-dimensioned, kinetic/interactive light and space sculptures as media-controlled room productions for Leipzig’s Museum der bildende Künste: “WAGNER – Heldendisplay” (“Hero Display”), “KLINGER – Begehbare Landschaften der Melancholie” (“Walkable Landscapes of Melancholy”), and “MAY – Dead End”.
More light installations were to follow between 2015 and 2017:
“Light Flow | Light Stream”, a temporary kinetic light sculpture covering the whole facade of Hamburg’s Staatsoper opera house.
“Marathon der Tiere” (“Animal Marathon”), a large-format audiovisual installation at the lichtsicht 5 projection biennial in Bad Rothernfelde in 2015/16 as well as its “Best Of” in 2017/18.
Her walkable kinetic light sculpture “Lichtwirbel” (“Light Vortex”) was exhibited at the Schaufler Foundation at the Museum Schauwerk Sindelfingen between 2016 and 2018.
One of the final works she produced was the “Mahler 8.” (Gustav Mahler’s eighth symphony) project for the newly opened Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg in April 2017, a co-production between the Staatsoper opera house and the Elbphilharmonie.
Peter Weibel (ZKM, Karlsruhe):
“rosalie is a sculptor, an architect, a painter, and much more: rosalie speaks a universal artistic language. With her kinetic light art sculptures, rosalie has fulfilled the hopes and promises of a new optical art [...]. She creates new experimental spaces through the interaction of light and color and the rhythm of contemporary music.”
From 1995 rosalie was also a professor and taught stage and costume design at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach, Germany.
She received the first prize at the first Munich Biennial – International Festival for New Musical Theater in 1988, the European Culture Prize for her body of work in 2008, the Walter Fink Prize from the ZKM in Karlsruhe for intermedial disciplines in 2009, and the Order of Merit of the State of Baden-Württemberg in 2013.
The “Flossis” project:
rosalie’s creativity knew no limits as far as emotionality and color intensity were concerned. In Autumn 1998 her Flossis forged a special connection between the artist and the city of Düsseldorf. The sculptures were displayed for three months as part of an exhibition before the city decided that they ought to remain in Düsseldorf forever. They have been located in the Medienhafen district since 2002 and have become an artistic hallmark of the city.
“The figures for me are ciphers for joie de vivre, signets for experiences of the imagination.” – rosalie, about her Flossis
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