Chronology

1923Rolf Tschierschky is born on 27 July in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, to the painter and sculptor, Alfred Tschierschky and his wife, Adele (née Biesenbach).
1930-38Attends the Volksschule (primary school) in Frankfurt am Main, passes his Hauptschule (secondary school) exams in 1938. In a school student contest about “Hand and Craft work in National Socialist Germany” he wins first prize for the quality of illustrations."
1938-42Technical draughtsman and employee in the advertising department of the company Siemens in Berlin.
1942-45He is drafted into military service as a naval radio operator and together with others, works on the design, performance and staging of productions for soldiers and civilians in Ahlbeck, Schleswig-Holstein.
1945-47Captive of war in Schleswig-Hostein and member of the travelling troupe “Bunte Gruppe Tating” (Vivid Group Tating). With these players he is responsible for the technical and artistic design and also has the chance to become friends with some Americans and Englishmen.
1948-53Attends evening classes in painting and art history at the “Städelschule” Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste (state-sponsored institute of higher learning for painting and art history) in Frankfurt am Main under the guidance of Theo Garve and Arno König. Professionally, he works as a graphic artist in the advertising department at the company Hartmann & Braun. Here, he also is engaged in various capacities with the company's trade show presentations.
1953-56Studies at the Staatliche Werkakademie (public academy of applied arts) in Kassel. He has graphic design with Hans Leistikow and set design with Teo Otto. Rolf Tschierschky wins first prize in a set design contest sponsored by the Staatstheater Kassel (state-sponsored theatre in Kassel.)
1954Collaboration on the first documenta under the direction of Arnold Bode.
1957Marries in May Gertrud Koch, who was born on 6 September 1945 in Bohmte near Osnabrück and was the daughter of Anne-Marie Koch, née Fuldner (1894-1976) and Dr. Friedrich Koch (1886-1939), who was a member of the agricultural council.
1957First son is born.
1957-60Rolf Tschierschky is active as a set designer in Hamburg at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus (German Theatre) working under Gustaf Gründgens, and later at the "Staats- und Zimmertheater" in Kassel, the Staatstheater Braunschweig, and the city of Bonn’s theatre.
1958Collaboration on the design of the German pavilion at the World Exhibition in Brussels. Additionally, he participates in the creation of mosaics at the Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt am Main under Hans Leistikow’s guidance.
1959Birth of the first daughter.
1960-65Industrial graphic designer and display designer at the company Fritz Borsi KG in Offenburg.
1961Birth of the second son.
1962Works for three months as an educator in a home for apprentices run by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Husum. During his work with these young people − some of whom are suffering learning disabilities and from other difficulties − he encounters the downside of the so-called “economic miracle” of those times.
1963Birth of the second daughter.
1965Move to Mengeringhausen to the house built by his wife’s grandfather, August Friedrich Koch. He obtains a public servant position in the road construction office in Bad Arolsen and works as a freelancer in the areas of painting, graphic design and set design.
1966Birth of third son.
1983Takes early retirement and works as an independent artist in the areas of advertising, object design, festival design and performance, and creating glass windows. Founding of “Studio T”.
1984Planning, project design and all the advertising for the city of Mengeringhausen’s 750th year anniversary festivities.
1988Design and creation of the glass painting, “Verbrüderung und Versöhnung” (Brotherhood and Reconciliation) as a present from the city of Arolsen to its sister city Heusden-Zolder in Belgium.
1993Produces the relief model of the 8 metre high “Magical Light and Music Clock" (has not yet been realized).
1996Participates in a competitions sponsored by the measurement technology company Meywald-Messtechnik called "Der Mensch – das Maß" (The Human – the Measure.)
2001Design and production of the open air stage lighting for the musical "Vivat Hamlet!" by his grandson, Sven Hinz, that was performed in Freiburg, Germany.
2002/03Design of a pavilion with kinetic mirror effects and sculptures from the artist Christian Daniel Rauch in the Bad Arolsen City Museum (was not realized).
2004Set design for the musical "East Side Story" by Sven Hinz in Freiburg.

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