Upcoming exhibition

Live on Air
The Sound of the Material in the Art of the 1950s to 1970s
Kaiser Wilhelm Museum

The Kunstmuseen Krefeld are dedicating an exhibition titled Live on Air to the invisible material of sound in the art of the 1950s to ’70s. In this experimental period, boundaries in art were broken down, and artists processed materials that had previously played no role in the art context. Sounds, tones, noises, signals, and voices also became “substantial” sculptural material. Hearing now enriched sensual perception. Starting with machine sculptures, sound flowed into genres such as performance, installation, and new media, which were just beginning to emerge. The focus is on sound objects by artists such as, among others, Yaakov Agam, Mary Bauermeister, Jannis Kounellis, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Robert Rauschenberg, and David Tudor. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog (German/English).

Curator: Dr. Sylvia Martin

Hermann Goepfert  
Optophonium, 1961/62  
Soundobjekt, Holz, Metall, Farbe, 57 Aluminiumplatten, 6 Lampen, Tonband, Lautsprecher  
181 × 288 x 31,5 cm  
Slg. Kunstmuseen Krefeld  
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Hermann Goepfert
Optophonium, 1961/62
Soundobjekt, Holz, Metall, Farbe, 57 Aluminiumplatten, 6 Lampen, Tonband, Lautsprecher
181 × 288 x 31,5 cm
Slg. Kunstmuseen Krefeld
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Yaacov Agam  
Tableau Tactile Sonore, 1963  
50 Blechkapseln, 50 Spiralfedern, Sperrholzplatte, Sperrholzkasten, Lackfarbe  
100 × 139 x 18,5 cm  
Slg. Kunstmuseen Krefeld  
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Yaacov Agam
Tableau Tactile Sonore, 1963
50 Blechkapseln, 50 Spiralfedern, Sperrholzplatte, Sperrholzkasten, Lackfarbe
100 × 139 x 18,5 cm
Slg. Kunstmuseen Krefeld
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

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