Boomerang Tango

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Installation Boomerang Tango

The Boomerang Chair from the Neutra Furniture Collection by VS is the centerpiece of an installation entitled Boomerang Tango by the German sculptor, Professor Rolf Lieberknecht. This highly acclaimed experiment in form, which combines the individual parts of the furniture in a particular way, was designed for the special exhibition “Featured Editions” at the International Furniture Trade Fair 2014 (“imm cologne”) in Cologne. Boomerang Tango has also been exhibited at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles.


Boomerang Tango by Rolf Lieberknecht for VS

The Boomerang Chair from the Neutra Furniture Collection by VS with its striking and distinctive features forms the basis of the installation. The boomerang wings of the side pieces in their original size and the rounded poles of the front legs are used as linear elements and developed into a construction kit. From six three-meter-long rounded poles a contorted spatial structure has been formed that has the stability of a tetrahedron. The boomerang wings have been distributed at random in the construction. A second structure in different combinations and dimensions was added to the first. The impression is of a flock of birds taking flight. The flock of boomerang wings swishes elatedly in all directions. The two constructions complement each other to form Boomerang Tango.


Rolf Lieberknecht

1947: Born in Mettmann, North Rhine-Westphalia

1967-1979: Studied at the Technical University of Berlin (Architecture) and at the Royal College of Art, London (Environmental Media)

since 1971: Regular exhibitions, participations and projects

1978-1979: “Airlift Scholarship”, British Council, London

1978-1981: Studio scholarship “Am Käuzchensteig”, Berlin

1982: Fellow of the Hand Hollow Foundation, East Chatham (George Rickey) NY, USA

1982-1987: Artistic associate and lecturer at the Berlin University of the Arts

1984: Fellow of the Djerassi Foundation, Woodside, CA, USA

1986: Invitation as fellow and guest of the “Center for Advanced Visual Studies” , MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA

1989-2007: University professor for sculpture and three-dimensional design at the University of Duisburg – Essen

1997-2011: Founder member of the Kunsthalle (Art Hall) Vierseithof and chair of friends & patrons of the Kunsthalle Vierseithof in Luckenwalde

2008-2012: University professor for sculpture and three-dimensional design at Folkwang University of the Arts – Essen

seit 2012: Deputy chair of the “Kunst für Chemnitz“ society in Chemnitz, lives and works in Berlin and Einsiedel (Saxony)