Kraftwerk’s Retrospective at Moma – A Colorful Salute to EDM
It’s been a packed house over the past seven nights at the MoMA. as the forefathers, or should Elektro say "fourfathers" (there are four of them: Ralf Hütter, Fritz Hilpert, Henning Schmitz and Stefan Pfaffe) of EDM have been paid illustrious tribute. Tonight, April 17, marks the conclusion of the chronological exploration of the sonic and visual experiments of Kraftwerk with a live presentation of their complete repertoire in the Museum's Marron Atrium.
Each evening has included a live performance and 3-D visualization of one of Kraftwerk's studio albums—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 of their release. Kraftwerk has followed each evening’s album performance with additional compositions from their catalog, all adapted specifically for the exhibition. This reinterpretation showcased Kraftwerk’s historical contributions to and contemporary influence on global sound and image culture.
If you couldn't make it in real life, scroll through some of the images from the retrospective above.
Images courtesy of Sprueth Magers, Berlin and London. © Kraftwerk