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Biography: Hans Peter Kuhn

Composer and artist Hans Peter Kuhn was born 1952 in Kiel, West Germany and lives in Berlin.

He has exhibited his sound and light installations in many places worldwide including: Haus am Waldsee, Berlin; Ars Electronica, Linz; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Akademie der Künste, Berlin; Artangel, London; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; P.S.1 Museum, New York; Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Biennale Venice 1993; Som Brasilia, Brasilia, SoundArt 95 Hannover; Irish Museum of Modern Art; Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin; Jüdisches Museum Berlin; World Cultural Heritage Völklinger Hütte; Hyogo Prefecture Museum of Art Kobe, Japan, and many other sites, museums and galleries.

Since 1982 Kuhn has also created performance pieces that include sound as a main character which he performed in many countries over the world.

Since 1978 he has collaborated with the American theatre artist Robert Wilson and composed music and sound environments for more then 30 productions in theatre, film and exhibitions, including Death, Destruction & Detroit I & II, The Man in the Raincoat, the Civil warS, the Golden Windows, Alcestes, Orlando, Dr.Faustus Lights the Lights, Hamlet a monologue, H.G, Saints and Singing and many others. He also worked with theatre directors Peter Stein, Klaus Michael Grüber, Claus Peymann, Luc Bondy, Peter Zadek, Dieter Dorn, Anne Bogart and others.

Kuhn is also acknowledged for his compositions for modern ballet with works for the British dancer/choreographer Laurie Booth including Requiair, Completely Birdland (Rambert Dance Co. London), Spatial Decay, River Run, DeepField Line (Het Nationale Ballet, Amsterdam), for the American dancer Dana Reitz including Suspect Terrain, Lichttontanz, for the Japanese dancer/choreographer Suzushi Hanayagi including Americium 225'89 , for the Japanese dancer Junko Wada including Chidori-Crazy Heat, Who's Afraid of Anything and Chidori II-A so? and for the German choreographer/dancer Sasha Waltz with Dialoge II , Körper and noBody.

For several films he created the sound score and composed music. In collaboration with writers he created four Audio Art radio pieces. In 1985 Kuhn initiated a radio programme for new music and audio art in Berlin which he hosted until 1990. Kuhn was guest Professor at the Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany in 1996. Together with Robert Wilson he received the Golden Lion of the Biennale Venice 1993 for the installation Memory Loss. He received a Bessie Award for the music for the 1989 dance production Suspect Terrain. In 2001 he created together with architect Sabine Weissmüller the German Pavillon for the Paris book fair.