MoMA Presents a Kraftwerk Retrospective

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The Museum of Modern Art is hosting a complete Kraftwerk experience that will run from April 10th to 17th, where the band will perform their entire repertoire of eight conceptual albums over eight consecutive evenings. With music, ambient sound, video, set design, 3D images, and performance, MoMA provides an elaborate setting to witness these true pioneers of electronic music.

Each evening will consist of a live performance, in the Museum’s Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, of works from one of the group’s eight albums, created over four decades, followed by a selection of original compositions from their catalogue adapted specifically for this exhibition’s format, to showcase both Kraftwerk’s historical contributions and contemporary influences on sound and image culture,

 states Klaus Biesenbach (Chief Curator at Large at MoMA).

The albums will be performed in chronological order:  Autobahn (1974), Radio-Activity (1975), Trans Europe Express (1977),TheMan-Machine (1978), Computer World (1981), Techno Pop (1986), The Mix (1991), and Tour de France (2003).

If you happen to live anywhere remotely close to this, please do yourself a favor and check it out. You don’t even have to be an electronic music nerd to enjoy a rare opportunity like this, as Kraftwerk’s influence in visual culture is just as significant is their impact in music in general. Big respect to MoMA for putting this together!

Performance Schedule

Tuesday, April 10, 8:30 p.m.    Autobahn (1974)
Wednesday, April 11, 8:30 p.m.           Radio-Activity (1975)
Thursday, April 12, 8:30 p.m.   Trans Europe Express (1977)
Friday, April 13, 10:00 p.m.                  The Man-Machine (1978)
Saturday April 14, 8:30 p.m.    Computer World (1981)
Sunday, April 15, 8:30 p.m.                 Techno Pop (1986)
Monday, April 16, 8:30 p.m.                 The Mix (1991)
Tuesday, April 17, 10:00 p.m.  Tour de France (2003)

Tickets can be bought here, but act fast as quantities are limited. They will be going on sale on Wednesday, February 22nd.