Dear Friends of Robert Wilson,

most theater auditoriums are closed now, but even during the summer months several of Bob’s works remain open to the public. Starting with an overview of Wilson exhibitions worldwide, this newsletter gives you an outlook of what to look forward to this fall.

For now, Bob is busy at the Watermill Center, preparing the annual Benefit Gala that will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. Join this extraordinary event on Saturday, July 30th; tickets and more information are available here.

If you are a Twitter user, please consider (re-)following Bob’s account; the old one vanished mysteriously, and with it its thousands of followers. The new handle is BobWilsonNYC.


The following installations and exhibitions are open now:

DORIAN & THE DAYS BEFORE – Tomorrow is the last day of this exhibition of Father’s Chairs (a sculpture from the play The Days Before: DD&D III), video art and new drawings that Bob made for his acclaimed theater production of Dorian. On view at Galerie Beck & Eggeling, Düsseldorf, Germany, until July 23.

BLACK & WHITE; TRIBAL ART MEETS DRAWINGS – At one of Berlin’s leading tribal art galleries, Bob has paired his drawings with selected objects from African cultures such as the Agnis people, the Chamba people, the Kpelle people and many others, making for a unique exhibition of contrasting and complementing combinations. On view at Galerie Dogon, Berlin, Germany, until August 27.

THE DEATH OF MARAT – Robert Wilson’s eponymous video portrait, featuring Lady Gaga, which premièred 2013 at the Louvre in Paris, re-imagines David’s famous painting on a video screen. On view on a giant 85” screen at The Royal Museum in Brussels, Belgium, until August 7.

THE NIGHT BEFORE THE DAY – Reflecting the recent years, which have been dark times for many, Bob curated a selection of his works from the past three decades in an installation at Espace Muraille in Geneva, Switzerland, until September 3.

A BOY FROM TEXAS – The works in this exhibition have a distinct connection to Bob’s childhood in Texas. He created them with the Corning Museum of Glass, and they are on view at Cristina Grajales Gallery, New York, until September 9.

MOVING PORTRAITS – The first large exhibition of Bob’s video portraits in several years opened recently in Australia, to an enthusiastic response from both audience and press. Get an in-depth preview in the online viewing room, or visit the Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide, Australia, on view until October 3.


This fall, Bob will make a long-anticipated return to the Thalia Theater, where he conceived the famous Black Rider with Tom Waits, as well as many other works in the 1990s and early 2000s. Inspired by Stephen Hawking’s thinking and the writings of Lebanese author and painter Etel Adnan, with music by Philip Glass and Dickie Landry, and choreography by Lucinda Childs, H—100 seconds to midnight will mark Bob’s fifth original production at the renowned theater on Hamburg’s “Alstertor” square.

World première on September 9 at the Thalia Theater. Subsequent performances in repertory. Check our calendar for upcoming dates.


Using a part from Lucinda Childs and Jon Gibson’s original Relative Calm (1981), Lucinda and Bob have created a new work around Stravinsky’s Pulcinella and music by John Adams, which opened this July in Rome, and will tour to several European cities this fall and during next year.

September 24 & 25, Teatro Comunale, Bologna, Italy
December 14-17, théâtre Garonne, Toulouse, France
Check our web site for updated tour dates.


For details and links to the venues, please click on the event name:

  • The acclaimed monologue Dorian will be on at the Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus again starting September 14 and throughout the following season.
  • The Tempest will remain in repertoire at the National Theater of Bulgaria, Sofia, starting September 20.
  • The newly opened “Plateforme 10” venue at the mudac (Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts) in Lausanne, Switzerland, will show A Chair and You, Bob’s immersive presentation of the Thierry Barbier-Mueller Collection, from October 28 through February 5.
Photographs © The Watermill Center (1); Erich Edelmaier (2); Lucie Jansch (3).


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