The Semperoper is delighted and grateful to feature motifs by this extraordinary artist of worldwide renown on its premiere posters for the 2022/23 season. According to Susanne Springer, Head of Communications & Marketing at the Saxon State Opera: »Rosemarie Trockel’s art con-sistently stands for an expressive, allusive and challenging visual world, often infused with sly humour. In her work, socio-critical themes and feminist standpoints have been and continue to be enshrined in art history, exemplifying the often remarked upon ›strong female figures‹ that we find in opera and ballet.« For the series of premiere posters and the cover of the 2022/23 annual programme, the Semperoper was able to draw on a total of eleven motifs by the artist, four of which are from the years 2020 and 2021.
Born in 1952 in the town of Schwerte in North Rhine-Westphalia, Rosemarie Trockel has been recog-nised as one of Germany’s leading contemporary artists since her first exhibitions were held at the Galerie Monika Sprüth Cologne and Philomene Magers Bonn in the 1980s. In her collages, knitted pictures, sculptures, installations and film works, the internationally sought-after conceptual artist explores both contemporary and historical conventions of artistic and social identity from a feminist perspective. In so doing, she constantly questions the concept of the male art genius while formulat-ing her aesthetic critique of both the art world and restricti-ve social norms with a penetrating analy-sis of social and sexual identities.
Rosemarie Trockel studied at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences and from 1989 to 2016 was a professor at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. In 1995 she was appointed to Berlin’s Academy of Arts and in 2012 became a member of the Academy of the Arts and Sciences of North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2021, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sci-ences. Today the award-winning artist lives in Cologne and Berlin.
In 1999, Rosemarie Trockel became the first woman artist to represent Germany at the Venice Biennale. Her multifaceted oeuvre employs a variety of artistic genres and media with a radical joy in ex-perimentation to question social models, gender-specific behaviour and cultural codes as part of a critical discourse on social, theological and scientific conventions. Examples of her work can be seen in solo exhibitions at the world’s top art institutions and are represented in major collections. Her large-format painting designed for the 2008/09 season at the Vienna State Opera as part of the »Iron Curtain« exhibition series conceived by the museum in progress brought Trockel to the attention of the international opera scene.
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