Robert Wilson, the globe-trotting theater director and founder of the Watermill Center, makes time for a trip down the rabbit hole with an installation in Venice.
Coinciding with the Venice Biennale, Robert Wilson’s installation for the 25th anniversary of the Illy Art Collection featured espresso cups designed by Marina Abramovic´, Jeff Koons, Pedro Almodóvar, and many others.
You’ve just closed an installation in Venice that showcases all the artists who have designed espresso cups for the Italian coffee company Illy over the past 25 years. It’s quite a list. What I found fascinating was how different each artist was from the others. Hence the title: the dish ran away with the spoon everything you can think of is true. This is what the caterpillar said to Alice in Alice in Wonderland. The existing architecture [of the Magazzini del Sale in Venice] suggested to divide the room into eight spaces. It was like falling through a rabbit hole and entering different roles.
The Watermill Center’s summer benefit is always a must-have ticket, and the theme of this year’s gala on July 29 is “Fly into the Sun.” We are paying homage to my dear friend the late Lou Reed. This is one of his titles. I like it because it is full of so many associative ideas. We will also feature a major sculptural installation, which should be a surprise for all.
What are some of your favorite things to do in the Hamptons? Having a vodka tonic in my friend Barbara Slifka’s beautiful garden in Sagaponack; visiting my friends Louise MacBain and Mathew Kabatoff, who have a beautiful Stanford White house from the 1890s on the beach in Southampton; placing flowers on the grave of George Balanchine in Sag Harbor.
Where can we find you on a typical Saturday? The Watermill Center. How do you keep so many balls in the air? I don’t waste time. watermillcenter.org