Susanne Rottenbacher (born 1969 Göttingen, Germany) is known for her light art. She studied stage design at Barnard College, Columbia University New York and completed a Master of Science with a focus on light at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, London. She worked as a stage designer at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and as a lighting designer for the office ”Licht Kunst Licht”; in this context, she conceived, among other things, the lighting design of the Federal Chancellery and the new government buildings.
Since 2004, she has been working as a freelance light artist. Susanne Rottenbacher creates expansive installations of sculptural elements that can best be described as light color bodies. Her sculptures are characterized by great lightness and transparency and change in dialogue with the surrounding space and the times of day.
Rottenbacher has received numerous awards and scholarships, including the Artist in Residence Scholarship, Centre of Contemporary Art, CCA, Andratx Mallorca (2016), the 1st Prize, Kunst am Bau C.O.R. Düsseldorf (2013), the IIDA Award of Merit, IESNA for the lighting design of the Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus, Bundestag, Berlin (2005), as well as the Josephine Paddock Scholarship of Columbia University New York (1991).
In the UNPAINTED artstore, Susanne Rottenbacher presents selected light sculptures, e.g. “Light Handle“.
Among her exhibitions are:
2021: Museum Starnberger See (group show)
2019: Solo: DA Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst
2019: „Museum of Now“, group show, presented by Berlin Art Society
2018: Solo:Schaufensterausstellung des Hauses am Waldsee im Bikini Berlin, “The Twist 01”
2018: Solo: „Disassembly“, Box Freiraum, Berlin
2017: 57th Biennale di Venezia, Unpainted – art in the digital age, guest of Body and Soul Performance Art (Collateral Event)
2017: “Signal, Lichtkunst aus der Sammlung Robert Simon”, Kunstmuseum Celle
2016: “The Difference between Sunrise and Sunset”, Schloss Tüssling, Bavaria
2016: „Unpainted LAB 3.0.“, Kesselhalle München
2016: „deLight“, Galerie FeldbuschWiesner, Berlin
2015: Solo:11m2 Projektraum, Berlin
2014: Solo: Galerie Teapot, Köln
2014: Art Dubai, Salsali Private Museum
2014: “Scheinwerfer, Lichtkunst in Deutschland im 21. Jahrhundert”, Kunstmuseum Celle
2013: The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, GASK Gallery
Porträtfoto: @SINCLAIR CLAYMORE
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