April 18, 2009 - Zachęta National Gallery of Art - Invasion of Sound
April 18, 2009

Invasion of Sound

Visitors looking at Christian Marclay “Video Quartet”
Photo Joanna Kinowska

Invasion of Sound
Music and the Visual Arts

7th April – 2nd August 2009

Zacheta National Gallery of Art
Pl. Małachowskiego 3
00-916 Warsaw, Poland
tel. (+48 22) 827 58 54
press [​at​] zacheta.art.pl


Over the past several years, the international art scene has seen a plethora of events attesting to a growing preoccupation with the place of music in contemporary art.

Invasion of Sound proposes a reading of the esthetic relationship between the visual arts and music as relating to culture, rather to cultures. Such an approach can encompass the whole of music and, at the same time, art in its entirety. To be precise, the exhibition pays particular heed to the points of friction between different musical genres, between different esthetic universes, between different cultures. In other words, Invasion of Sound aims to reveal how certain musical contexts of particular works disclose a critical distancing with the cultural, social, historic or political norms that the work addresses.

The tenacity of a carefree melody in the memory of those who have experienced exile, the improbable cross-pollination of a Baroque ensemble and a country orchestra, the harmony of a choir in the context of social suffering, the force of rock music or of a brass band interpreted as the history of a people, the melody of a flute as far-away echo of a revolution…. Taking forms ranging from brass-bands to symphonic orchestra, from street music to the score of road movies, from chamber orchestra to free Jazz, the genres are called on and merge in this proverbial voyage where singular works conjugate very different states of consciousness, and in which sonorous confrontations reveal attentions forgotten by and to the family of man.

Artists participating in the exhibition: Marina Abramovic, Francis Alÿs, Miroslaw Bałka, Dominique Blais, Andrzej Bieńkowski, Libia Catstro & Ólafur Ólafsson, Jeremy Deller, Latifa Echakhch, Rodney Graham, Amy Granat & Drew Heitzler, Graham Gussin, Matthew Day Jackson, Krzysztof Knittel, Peter Kogler, Katarzyna Kozyra, Robert Kuśmirowski, Piotr Lutyński, Christian Marclay, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Ana Prvacki, Mark Raidpere, Anri Sala, Wilhelm Sasnal, Denis Savary, Jacek Sempoliński, Tomasz Tatarczyk, Paweł Mykietyn, Caecilia Tripp, Su-Mei Tse, Artur Żmijewski.

curators: Agnieszka Morawińska, Francois Quintin
cooperation: Anna Tomczak

The exhibition is supported by The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.

partner of the exhibition Austrian Cultural Forum in Warsaw
sponsor of the gallery: Peri
media patronage: Gazeta Wyborcza, Polityka, TOK FM, The Warsaw Voice, Art&Business, Artinfo.pl, Onet.pl, empik

Zachęta National Gallery of Art
Share - Invasion of Sound
  • Share