Flying Robert, 2014, 156.6 x 86.6 cm, Oil on Board (detail) View full image

Alexander Polzin

Visual Artist, Director, Designer
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Born in East Berlin in 1973, Alexander Polzin completed his training as a stonemason before beginning a career as a sculptor and painter. His works have been seen in galleries and public spaces around the world. He collaborates with writers, composers, musicians, choreographers and scientists and in the last decade his artistic curiosity has led him towards stage design for dance, opera and theatre, as well as direction.

Most recently, in April 2022, he designed the set and costumes for Mitridate (Malmö Opera/The Royal Theatre in Copenhagen/Concerto Copenhagen/Skånes Dansteater), an innovative creative collaboration between the director (Ralf Pleger), choreographer (Fernando Melo) and Polzin.

Future projects include The Art of Being Human, which premieres at the Boulez Saal, Berlin, in March 2023, followed by a performance at Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, and sets for Rigoletto at Israel Opera, which is planned to premiere in 2024.

As a painter and sculptor, his works have been exhibited in galleries around the world, as well as prominent public spaces, including his statue of Giordano Bruno in Berlin's Potsdamer Platz and Hommage à Paul Celan in the Anne Frank Garden in Paris.

Mozart: Mitridate, Royal Danish Opera, Malmö Opera, 2022

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, La Monnaie / De Munt, Brussels, 2019

Verdi: Aida, La Monnaie / De Munt, Brussels, 2017

Was bleibet aber, stiften die Dichter: Galerie Kornfeld, Berlin, 2016

Verdi: Falstaff, Grand Théâtre de Genève, 2016

Alexander Polzin and György Kurtág: Documents of an artistic Friendship, Aldeburgh Festival, 2016

Hommage à Paul Celan, Anne Frank Garden, Paris, 2016

Sotelo: El público (World Premiere), Teatro Real, Madrid, 2015

Kunstmuseum Ahrenshoop, 2015

Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride, Grand Théâtre de Genève, 2015

Grand Théâtre de Genève, 2015

Beethoven: Fidelio, Tiroler Festspiele Erl, 2014

Wagner: Lohengrin, Teatro Real, Madrid, 2014

Rihm: The Conquest of Mexico, Teatro Real, Madrid, 2013

Wagner: Parsifal, Salzburg Easter Festival, 2013

Jurado: La Pagina en blanco, Teatro Real, Madrid, 2011


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