The exhibition presents works by Giacomo Balla, Alexandra Ekster, Viking Eggeling, Fernand Léger and Francis Picabia among others. Kraftwerk will present their 3-D installation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 from 2013.
Moderna Museet’s upcoming exhibition Dance Machines – From Léger to Kraftwerk focuses on the fascination with machines, industry and everyday mechanisation. Jo Widoff, curator, comments on Kraftwerk’s impact on the exhibition:
“For more than four decades now, Kraftwerk have explored the relationship between man and machine. In the museum galleries, Kraftwerk’s 3-D installation will initiate an electronic and conceptual dialogue with early modernism, something I am certainly looking forward to.”
Commenting on the relationship between man and machine, Kraftwerk’s Ralf Hütter has said:
“It feels good to be part of the machine. It is a liberating feeling. For one thing because I, as an individual, take a back seat. We play the machines, and the machines play us.”
In connection with the opening of the exhibition, Kraftwerk will perform at Cirkus in Stockholm on 21-22 January. The concerts are organised by Live Nation. Tickets for the concerts will be on sale from 12 November at 09.00 am on livenation.se and ticnet.se
3-D video installation – 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, Installation view Sprüth Magers Berlin,
Jul 5 – Aug 31, 2013, Photo: Timo Ohler
Copyright Kraftwerk, 2013, Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London
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 growing industrial sector and its machines as the aesthetic ideal. In a time of mass production and the assembly lines that Henry Ford introduced in his factories, 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 Apollinaire were among the first to use modernity – and the modern city – as their subject matter. Meanwhile, the new cinematic media and modern dance were also being established as art forms. Film, choreography and dance became essential to portraying movement, energy and dynamism in the new era.
The exhibition Dance Machines presents this historical period and features some 50 works from the Moderna Museet’s renowned collection together with seminal works borrowed from other institutions, including Dansmuseet in Stockholm. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings and moving images from 1911 to 1934, along with photographs from that period and unique photogravures from 1887 by Eadweard Muybridge.
Curator: Jo Widoff
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