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Serge von Arx

Serge von Arx

Born in Zurich, Switzerland. After having studied architecture for 6 years Serge von Arx made his degree in architecture 1997 at the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology).

Since then he is working as an independent scenographer, designer and architect. After two years of work experience with the architect Cuno Brullman and the exhibition designer Roberto Ostinelli in Paris he moved to Hamburg and began his professional career in theatre as the assistant to the stage designer Rolf Glittenberg among other productions for Luc Bondy’s «Macbeth» in Glasgow.

In 1999 Serge von Arx became a member of the s.i.a. (the Swiss association of engineers and architects). Since then he works as design and stage design collaborator for Robert Wilson on various projects: as a stage designer among others for «Osud» (National Theatre Prague, Teatro Real Madrid), «Leonce und Lena» (Berliner Ensemble, Berlin), «Deafman Glance (prologue)» and «Die Erwartung» (Staatsoper, Berlin), «Peer Gynt» (Det Norske Teatret, Oslo and Den National Scene, Bergen), «Rumi – in the Blink of the Eye» (Pallas Theatre, Athens), «Das Wintermärchen», «Die Dreigroschenoper», «Die Sonette» (all at Berliner Ensemble) and «Orfeo» (Teatro alla Scala, Milan).

He worked as exhibition designer together with Robert Wilson among others on the «Giorgio Armani Retrospettive» in New York, Berlin, London, Rome, Tokyo, Shanghai and Milan and on «Imagenes del Cuerpo» in the Museu d’Art Precolombi in Barcelona. In 2005 Serge von Arx designed three independent exhibitions on Albert Einstein in Berlin, Hanover and Tokyo.

The exhibition “Albert Einstein – Engineer of the Universe” in the Kronprinzenpalais in Berlin was the major event of Germany’s “Year of Physics 2005” and was awarded the “BXL International Museum Communication Bronze medal” in the exhibition campaign category. In 2008 von Arx designed the stage-set for “Før solnedgang” at the Norske Teatret in Oslo, directed by Hans Henriksen. In 2010 he developed the scenography for “Iphigenia” in the Trøndelag Teater in Trondheim, and in 2011 the scenography for “Othello” at the Nationaltheatret in Oslo, both directed by Runar Hodne. Serge von Arx writes as an architectural critic with various publications in the “Neue Zürcher Zeitung”. And since 2003 he is a regular mentor and architectural consultant at the “Watermill Center for the Arts” on Long Island, New York.

In 2006 Serge von Arx was appointed the Artistic Director of the Scenography department at the Norwegian Theatre Academy in Fredrikstad which is part of the Østfold University College. The Academy consists of an acting and a scenography department which work in close collaboration and offers a 3 year BA program in each department respectively. The curriculum focuses on visual and experimental performing arts and is mainly based on workshops executed by international artists from various art fields. Serge von Arx is lecturing, publishing and implementing workshops at different international institutions. In 2010 he was conferred a Professor in scenography. In 2001 he opened his design studio in Berlin and since 2006 he is a resident in Oslo where he works aside from his academic activities as a scenographer and architect.