September 23, 2008 - MUSEION of Modern and Contemporary Art Bolzano - SONIC YOUTH etc.: SENSATIONAL FIX
September 23, 2008


Museion Bozen/Bolzano

October 11th 2008 – January 4th 2009
EXHIBITION OPENING: October 10th 2008, 7 pm
SONIC YOUTH in CONCERT: October 11th, 8.30 pm

Bozen / Bolzano, STAHLBAU PICHLER:
Edisonstrasse 15 via Edison
In collaboration with transart08

The SONIC YOUTH etc. : SENSATIONAL FIX exhibition will be held at Museion, Bolzano from October 11th 2008 to January 4th 2009. The show, which combines art and music, has been curated by Roland Groenenboom in close collaboration with the band Sonic Youth.

SONIC YOUTH etc. : SENSATIONAL FIX investigates the collaborations between the historic band, which was formed in 1981, and artists, writers, filmmakers, designers, and other musicians. The multimedia works of Sonic Youth and those oh the artists exhibited in the show reveal a possible alternative history of contemporary culture, with a critical discussion of the division between “high” and “popular” art, with topics such as youth rebellion, hunger, fashion and sex. The various sections revolve around a central area, which illustrates the band’s long history, with records, posters, T-shirts, instruments and photographs.

The first section of the exhibition explores the links between music and art in early-1980s New York. In those days, punk and atonal noise-rock inspired artists like Robert Longo, Richard Prince, Lee Ranaldo, and Kim Gordon to create music. Right from the outset, Sonic Youth successfully combined the rebellious approach of punk with experimental music and conceptual art. This section introduces the works of the following, amongst others: Vito Acconci, Dan Graham, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, John Miller, Christian Marclay, Tony Oursler, Richard Kern, Patti Smith, Jutta Koether and Rita Ackermann.

The exhibition also investigates their tour experiences: this section includes works that present the city suburbs, the desire to travel and the great open landscapes of the West, while its protagonists – beatniks, hitch-hikers and cowboys – tell their stories. The section also looks at the music and lyrics produced by members of the band. Artists on show include: William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, D.A. Levy, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, John Cage, Glenn Branca.

In the early 1980s, Sonic Youth started working on the West Coast, a physical and mental environment that was an important starting point for the artistic development of many artists in the late sixties. This part of the exhibition contrasts the tinsel glamour of Hollywood with the aggressiveness symbolised by the homicidal sect of the Manson family and Californian hardcore-punk. The period is captioned in the works of Mike Kelley, Raymond Pettibon, Cameron Jamie and Kim Kordon.
The fourth section of the exhibition shows works by artists working outside the US art scene, such as Tacita Dean, Isa Genzken and Michael Morley.

The artist Dan Graham has specially designed a pavilion for the exhibition, in which visitors will be able to hear the band’s sound archives and other material, including recordings by the artist himself. The Museion library will be used for more in-depth studies and for listening to audio material by the band and independent record labels. Visitors can also watch films, video clips, and selected recordings of concerts and performances by Sonic Youth.

SONIC YOUTH etc. : SENSATIONAL FIX describes the band’s 30 years of transversal projects, retracing the stages of their formidable artistic career which has been inspired by the ideal of a world outside the mainstream of mass industrial culture. Produced by Museion, Bolzano in collaboration with LiFE, St Nazaire, the exhibition will be travelling to the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, and the Konsthall Malmö and Centro Huarte de Arte Contemporáneo Navarra.

The catalogue, distributed by Verlag der Buchandlung Walther König and published by Museion and LiFE, will be available in German, Italian, French and English. Two 7-inch vinyl records are included in the publication. Each side contains a specially sound pice created by one of the member of the band.

Museion – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
Via Dante 6
I – 39100 Bolzano
Phone: +39 0471 22 34 11
Fax: +39 0471 22 34 12

Tickets for the concert:
Museion Bookshop, +39 0471 22 34 67 (tickets online)

MUSEION of Modern and Contemporary Art Bolzano
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