5 Apr 2014, Stockholm: Dance machines – From Léger to Kraftwerk

Moderna Museet, Stockholm: Dansmaskiner – Från Léger to Kraftwerk / Dance machines – From Léger to Kraftwerk, 22..-27.4.2014

Including / Einschließlich:

  • Oskar Schlemmer (1922): The Triadic Ballet
  • Fernand Léger (1924): Balle Mécanique
  • Kraftwerk (Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider) (2013): 12345678 (3-D installation)

“The exhibition focuses on the modernists’ fascination with the machine and mechanised everyday life, and how Kraftwerk has explored the relationship between man and machine in multidisciplinary projects… 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 Paris, the hub of European avant-garde, … Fernand Léger … 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. …”

“The machine became a modernist icon, and anonymous engineers were looked upon as the true artists. Gradually, industrial rationalism and experiences from the war gave rise to notions of the body as a soulless engine. … Kraftwerk founders and electro pioneers Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider have been creating futuristic electro music since 1970 at their Kling Klang Studio in Düsseldorf, Germany using synthetic sounds and voices, minimalist speech singing and lyrics with monotonous industrial rhythms. With the robot as their artistic alter ego and the 3-D visuals of their performances, they have explored the relationship between man and machine in multidisciplinary projects.“