Stephan von Huene | Rosebud Annunciator
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Rosebud Annunciator

Rosebud Annunciator 1967–69
Rosebud Annunciator 1967–69

photos: Estate Stephan von Huene, ZKM, Karlsruhe

Sketch of the rose
Sketch of the rose

Rosebud Annunciator

1967

S 1967-4

three-piece wooden structure on base, leather, drum,
cymbal, tongues, xylophone, blowers, lights, computer
214 x 244 x 122 cm

Museum Ludwig, Köln

(formerly collection Edward Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz, Hope, Idaho)

Westdeutscher Rundfunk 1995

Peter Fuhrmann (© WDR 95)

0:36 min

Rosebud Annunciator 1967–69
Rosebud Annunciator 1967–69

photo: Estate Stephan von Huene, ZKM, Karlsruhe

“[Rosebud Annunciator] plays like an automatic piano […]. The patterns of sounds come from the music and form a collage with the aid of photocopies, scissors, and tape. They are programmed, but not controlled, and are not the result of pure coincidence, but more of the hope for a happy fate.

The optical appearance of the rosebud is based on the architecture of the houses where I lived in Los Angeles. In the past, violins, cellos, and other instruments were custom-built to the rooms they were played in, and made in harmony with the furniture.”

(S. v. H. in: exhib. cat. Stephan von Huene: Tune the World. Die Retrospektive, Ostfildern 2002, p. 188/8)

Getty Talk, Rosebud Annunciator 1991
Getty Talk, Rosebud Annunciator 1991

photo: Elke Walford