With her exhibition projects in contemporary fine art, light art and theatre and stage design, rosalie has meanwhile become an international presence. In all these artistic disciplines she has evolved a new language of aesthetics and innovative cross-genre media networks.


In recent years, light art has become the central thematic interest within the multifaceted oeuvre of this Stuttgart-based artist, and her large-scale kinetic sculptures have met with great public and media interest. Contemporary materials, highly complex technologies and digital media are the foundation upon which rosalie brings forth her »new universes of light« – works of light art of immense chromatic dynamism and emotionality.

The kinetic light installations Helios (2007-2009), Séraphin (2007), HYPERION_Fragment (2008-2009) as well as CHROMA_LUX, exhibited as permanent light sculpture to the end of 2010 at the ZKM | Center of Art and Media Karlsruhe are some examples of her more recent key works. Her interactive light installation HELIOS – La nube luminosa was on show at the 3rd International Biennale for Contemporary art in Seville. In 2013 rosalie created three large-scale kinetic interactive light and spatial sculptures as media-navigated spatial stagings for the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig.


With her spaces for opera, drama and ballet, as a stage and costume designer rosalie is constantly pursuing new in(ter)ventions. Her dramatic work is dedicated to both classic repertoire and modern approaches in numerous work cycles.


It was with her light image spaces for The Ring of the Nibelungen at the Bayreuth Festival from 1994 to 1998 under the musical direction of James Levine, that rosalie first became known to an international public. After Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, 2005, and Tannhäuser, 2012, it was her production Lohengrin at the NNTT New National Theatre Tokyo, Japan that won her major recognition.


Those of her productions with contemporary music form an essential feature of her work, which open up new forms in the interplay of light, color and rhythm from the perspective of experimental spaces.


rosalie studied German literature and art history at the University of Stuttgart, and painting, graphics, sculptural work and stage design at the Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart.

She has held the chair of stage and costume design at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach am Main since 1995.

In 1988 rosalie received first prize at the 1st Münchener Biennale – Internationales Festival für neues Musiktheater, in 2008  the Europäischen Kulturpreis für ihr künstlerisches Gesamtwerk, in 2009 the Walter-Fink-Preis of the ZKM | Karlsruhe for inter-media disciplines and, in 2013,den Verdienstorden des Landes Baden-Württemberg.

»rosalie is a sculptress, architect, painter and much more: rosalie speaks a universal language of art. It is rosalie’s genius that enables her to produce the beautiful in art such as beauty appears in nature.


With her interactive kinetic media-light sculptures (moving images, moving light, moving canvasses) rosalie has fulfilled the hopes and promises of a new visual art, namely, to elevate color, form and light to a new absolute unity and more complex level of design.


rosalie is one of the few artists to have deeply understood the comprehensive universe of light, this endless art  of light. Thus, over the course of years she has developed an independent heliographic spectrum and invented a universal script of light.


With her comprehensive exploration into the possibilities of light as a medium of design, with her ›Lumino-Sphären‹  rosalie has opened up the vaults of light for coming generations. One may well refer to rosalie’s works as lightScapes – light landscapes.

I would even go as far as to say that if rosalie continues to pursue her work in the way she has been, she will quite rightly earn the title: “the Jackson Pollock of light“.


Peter Weibel, Chairman of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

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