Electro. From Kraftwerk to Techno

The Kunstpalast is presenting its first major exhibition on the subject of music. It is for the first time that a museum in Germany portrays the centennial history of electronic music and its interconnections with art this comprehensively.

9.12.2021 – 15.5.2022

In over 500 exhibits, some of which interactive, the music genres subsumed as “electronic” music will be illuminated from a variety of perspectives. The exhibition encompasses musical instruments, self-made sound generators, photographs, audio clips, videos and graphic design. Its spectrum ranges from the first pioneering electronic musical instruments dating from the early 20th century to the use of artificial intelligence in contemporary electronic sound production.

New musical genres emerging in the 1980s, such as Detroit techno, Chicago house and hip hop, as well as the rave culture of the 1990s will be presented both acoustically and visually through art photography. A particular highlight of the show is the spectacular staging of the oeuvre of the multimedia project Kraftwerk founded by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in Düsseldorf in 1970. "Electro. From Kraftwerk to Techno" invites visitors to embark on a journey of discovery of the exciting and highly ramified history of electronic music.

An exhibition conceived by Musée de la Musique – Philharmonie de Paris, produced and adapted in collaboration with Kunstpalast. The Düsseldorf show was conceived in close cooperation with Ralf Hütter.

Curators of the show are Alain Bieber, Artistic Director of NRW-Forum, and Jean-Yves Leloup, Musée de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris.

Jacob Khrist, DJane and Musician Ellen Allien, Festival N.A.M.E., Roubaix, 2017 © Jacob Khrist

KRAFTWERK, DER KATALOG – 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, DIE MENSCH-MASCHINE, 3D Concert, K20, Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf, 2013 © Peter Boettcher, Courtesy Sprüth Magers

Jean Michel Jarre's virtual studio, Musée de la musique, Philharmonie de Paris, 2019, © Gil Lefauconnier, Courtesy Musée de la musique, Philharmonie de Paris