Robert Wilson: Chairs
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.
|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 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|