Von der Heydt-Prize to Peter Pabst
Pressinformation City of Wuppertal, press departement
Abridged version 19.11.2014
The city of Wuppertal awards the Von der Heydt Prize to Peter Pabst
On Sunday the city of Wuppertal awarded the 2014 Von der Heydt Prize for Culture to Peter Pabst, long serving set designer and associate of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. The Förderpreis (development award) goes to the organisation Medienprojekt Wuppertal.
The speech in honour of Peter Pabst was made by filmmaker Wim Wenders, while the gallerist Rolf Hengesbach paid tribute to Medienprojekt Wuppertal. The prizes were presented by the city’s mayor Peter Jung.
Peter Pabst worked for nearly three decades as set designer for the Tanztheater Wuppertal, hand in hand with Pina Bausch. Born in 1944, he studied set and costume design in Cologne from 1969 to 1973. His first position was at the Schauspielhaus Bochum, working under director Peter Zadek. Since 1979 he has worked as a freelance set and costume designer in theatres throughout Europe. He was one of the first multidisciplinary designers, working in theatre, opera and film; till then it had been untypical for scenographers to work across various fields. In 1980 he added a further genre: dance theatre. For twenty-nine years he created the sets for every Pina Bausch production. Following her death he dedicated an illustrated book of his Tanztheater Wuppertal designs to her: Peter for Pina. Last winter he staged an exhibition in Waldfrieden Sculpture Park with installations derived from his stage sets. Peter Pabst has received various awards for his work, including the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.
The City of Wuppertal’s Prize for Culture is awarded every two years; since 2008 under the name Von der Heydt Prize. Since it was established, in 1950, over 100 individuals and groups have been presented with the prize, including Heinrich Böll, Alice Schwarzer, Pina Bausch, Tony Cragg and Tom Tykwer. The prize jury consists of eight qualified citizens chosen by the city arts committee and five jurors nominated by the city council. The prize recognizes artists whose life and work are connected with the Bergisches Land – the Wuppertal region. The Von der Heydt Prize is worth 12,500 euro, the Förderpreis 5,000 euro.