21 December 1937 |
|Known for||Light sculpture|
|Movement||Minimalism Light art|
Waltraut Cooper studied Mathematics and Art in Vienna, Paris, Lisbon and Frankfurt. Her work is site-specific and depends often on motion for its effect. Cooper's work explores light, mathematics and color, through the medium of colored fluorescent lights, neon and glass. She is an internationally active artist responsible for several large light art installations.
To coincide with the entry of the 10 new member states in the European Union on 1 May 2004, she realised the Project Rainbow for Europe (highlighting the Coliseum in Rome, the Royal Palace in Warsaw, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the Museum of Fine Arts in Vienna, the European parliament in Brussel, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow). The project symbolises the utopian political vision of the artist of a united, peaceful continent which is not confined by the EU frontiers but extends to the geographical limits of Europe and thus opens up the vista of a possible future in peace and prosperity.
She has participated twice in the Biennale in Venice and in Festivals and exhibitions in important galleries and museums in Vienna, Frankfurt, Bonn, Berlin, Copenhagen, Rome, Paris, Montreal, Boston and New York.
Waltraut Cooper is considered a Pioneer of Digital Art: the "Klangmikado" (1986) for the Ars Electronica in Linz uses computer algorithms to create improvisation on existing music materials. She has received numerous award for her artistic achievements. On 9 December 2009 Waltraut Cooper was awarded the Golden Laurel of the Künstlerhaus Vienna for her artistic achievements.
She currently resides in Vienna, Austria.
- 1986 Biennale Venice: Science and Art
- 1987 Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Mathematik in der Kunst der letzten 30 Jahren
- 1988 Montreal: Images du Futur
- 1988 Linz: Ars Electronica
- 1988 Toulouse: F.A.U.S.T.
- 1989 Boston: SIGGRAPH
- 1991 New York Bronx Museum: Third Emerging Expressions Biennale
- 1995 Biennale Venice: Arte Laguna
- 1996 Bonn Kunsthalle: Kunst aus Österreich 1896-1996
- 1999 Paris Medienfestival: Pour une ecologie des media
- 2001 Rome Galleria d´Arte Moderna: Diario
- 2002 Kopenhagen, Lux Europae
- 2004 Warsaw, Berlin, Rome, Vienna, Brussels, Moscow: Rainbow for Europe
- 2005 Karlsruhe, ZKM, Museum für Neue Kunst
- 2007 Würzburg, Museum im Kulturspeicher
- 2007 Vienna, Austrian Parliament
- 2009 Venice, "Aphrodite", Isola Sant´Erasmo
- 2009 Stuttgart, "Hommage an das Quadrat", Museum Ritter
- Waltraut Cooper
- Rainbow for Europe
- Highlighting Borusan on YouTube
- Interview with Waltraut Cooper on YouTube