About Rose Marie Gnausch

Rose Marie Gnausch is a German artist and art historian. Her work is grounded in the philosophy of humanism, anthroposophy and social philosophy. Her painting follows the colour field tradition of Mark Rothko and the Abstract Expressionists and her social art the footsteps of Joseph Beuys. She takes the concept of social sculpture to the letter and creates participatory art socially engaged exhibitions.

As an art historian she has been a gallery lecturer for the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1996-2003), a gallery lecturer for the Solomon Guggenheim Museum (1999-2003), worked for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the PS1. She has lectured for documenta11, Okwui Enwezor curator, and was worldly companion for dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel for Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev curator. She was the worldly companion of Adam Szymczyk the director of documenta14, as well as of Sigmar Gabriel.
During her lectures, she often included a performance “art communication as a form of art”, which she continued at the Casino Luxembourg in Luxembourg, the Brauweiler Abbey in Cologne and the Musée Granet in Aix en Provence between 2005 and 2013.

Rose Marie Gnausch was born in Haan/Rhenany in 1969. She went to the Freie Waldorfschule Krefeld and early on expressed the desire to become an artist. In 1982 her family moved to Nordheim in Wuertemberg and she attended the Freie Waldorfschule Heilbronn. In 1996 she decided to move to Stuttgart to continue her education at the Freie Waldorfschule Kraeherwald. She earned her Abitur in May 1988 and went on a two months journey to discover the remains of Ancient Greece. In October 1988 she started to study roman and English literature at the University of Mannheim. In 1990 she gained a scholarship for assistant teaching in the Bouches du Rhone in France where she taught German to lycées in Gardanne. During that year she studied with Gerald Meier on Engerling Art School. She did a BA in “Arts Plastiques” and in 1994, she earned her Masters in fine arts under the direction of André Mercier. Her master thesis: “La Création complex ou à la poursuite du spirituel à l’aube du 21e siècle”. She decided to continue her higher studies in NY. In 1996, she obtained a scholarship from the rotary club Aix en Provence to study the reception of Kandinsky in New York. Rose Marie Gnausch obtained a Masters in Art History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2003.  During the years she was  lecturing for MoMA, the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the PS1.

In 2002 Rose Marie Gnausch she worked for documenta11 and lived in Berlin for a few months. Here she had the vision how Fine arts can play a role in transforming consciousness by producing works of art that show a desired reality.

She returned living in Manhattan until 2003 when she left for Cyprus, where she was Senior lecturer for Art History the Eastern Mediterranean University.

In Famagusta due to her German background and the division of her family between East and West for most of her life, she was sensitive to a divided country and started planning for a border crossing artistic project.
Her work has been compared to Hildegard von Bingen by the catalan art critic Joan Abello Juanpere.

On the 6th of May 2012, the Presentation of the Mandela Peace Medals and the Lighting of the Peace Flame was done at the very same moment in 20 cities worldwide in the name of peace. The four inaugural recipients of the Peace Medal included Rose Marie Gnausch.

Rose Marie Gnausch has an extensive art practice. Her ongoing social sculptures, performances, lectures, installations, visual poetry (collages), photographic and painting works have had showings in France, Germany, Spain, the US and the Benelux, and have been reviewed by such acclaimed critics as Arnau Puig, Joan Abello Juanpere and Lori Waxman.

…[Rose Marie Gnausch’s] dedication to peace, reconciliation and education is apparent in the number of projects she has accomplished, and positions she has held internationally…
K.G. Praveen Kumar
Consul (Political and Cultural Affaires)
Consulate General of India
New York 03/12/08

…In Rose Marie Gnausch, we have found a person who has the will and desire to give peace a setting, someone who is consciously and actively dealing with the topic of world peace. The German artist and art historian put to herself the task of making peace visible and tangible, to provide a space for the majority of peaceful individuals on planet earth to express their desire of peace through art… The abstract concept of peace is given a functioning symbol which states:”I can be powerful yet peaceful”…
Celal CIN
Deputy Mayor
Nicosia Turkish Municipality

…Peace is an issue that concerns us all, one that must be celebrated and won every day anew. She [Rose Marie Gnausch] is a person who is not passively watching, but is consciously engaging for world peace. The German artist and art historian would like to draw attention to the fact that the majority of people are for peace in the core of their hearts, but believe that they have no means of achieving peace due to the overwhelming power of current negativity. The individual feels alone, in the sense of “I cannot do anything anyway.” To break through the belief in the status quo is the main goal of the art peace project Elephants for Peace. By participating in the project, the peace intention of the individual is visible and thus experienced by others…Rose Marie Gnausch has the ability to allow people to grow beyond their preconceived limits, to inspire them and have them engage with the theme of peace in an entirely apolitical way. I pay tribute to this project as a meaningful, unifying project and hope that many people will support it by all means possible…
Christa Klass
Member of the European Parliament

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