Kraftwerk, Installation view at im Kunstbau 1, 2011
Photo: Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich
© KRAFTWERK, 2011
Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London.
Dance Machines: From Léger to Kraftwerk
STOCKHOLM • Moderna Museet • 22 January - 27 April 2014
|In the first decades of the 20th century, industrialised, mechanised society made inroads into art and everyday life. The Italian futurists proclaimed a new era, with the industrial sector and its machines as an aesthetic ideal. In a time of mass production and assembly lines, artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia and Gösta Adrian-Nilsson portrayed bodies reduced to mechanical objects. In Paris, the Mecca of the European avant-garde, the artists Fernand Léger and Sonia Delaunay-Terk, and the poets Blaise Cendrars and Guillaume Apollinaire were among the first to use modernity – and the modern city – as their subject matter. Film, choreography and dance became essential to portraying movement, energy and dynamism in the new era. The exhibition presents some 50 works from Moderna Museet’s collection, along with works on loan from other institutions, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris and Dansmuseet in Stockholm.
The multimedia project KRAFTWERK was founded in 1970 by Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider within the experimental art scene of the late Sixties in Dusseldorf. They set up their legendary electronic Kling Klang Studio where they composed and produced all the groundbreaking Kraftwerk albums.Numerous live performances took place during that time in museums and galleries of the surrounding Rhineland.
Kraftwerk are considered to be pioneers in electronic music and an endless source of inspiration for a wide range of musical genres: from Electro to Hip Hop, from Techno to SynthPop.
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