Museum of Modern Art presents Kraftwerk retrospective, live shows

Written by on April 11, 2012

The Museum of Modern Art is presenting a special time-based artist exhibit, honoring the early electronic avant garde music pioneers Kraftwerk. Kraftwerk Retrpspective 1 23 4 5 6 7 8 consists of eight live performances in eight nights (April 10-17) at the MoMA’s Marron Atrium.

Each show will feature work from one of the group’s eight albums produced beginning 1974: Autobahn (1974), Radio-Activity (1975), Trans-Europe Express (1977), The Man-Machine (1978), Computer World (1981), Techno Pop (1986), The Mix (1991), and Tour de France (2003) in the order they were released. They will also play some other select compositions.

Founded by Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider in 1970, Krafterk was the first band to use electronic computer-based instrumentation in an era dominated by acoustic folk-rockers and early rock guitar heroes. Their internationally-acclaimed music was influential to several mainstream and alternative artists spanning several genres; their most commercially successful track in the U.S. was a radio edit of “Autobahn,” which peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1974. The song was also a major international hit.

In addition, an historical catalog of the influential band’s audio and video creations will be shown at the MoMA’s Performance Dome April 10th through May 14th.

Kraftwek Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 is sponsored in part by Volkswagen of America

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