Anne Imhof (*1978) has emerged over the past decade as one of the most acclaimed artists of her generation. Today based between Berlin and New York, Imhof spent her formative years in Frankfurt am Main, where she taught herself to draw and make music while working as a bouncer at a local night club. Before eventually enrolling at the city’s academy of fine arts, Städelschule, she staged what she later designated the first entry to her catalogue raisonné: a one-night only performance in a red light district bar. She invited two boxers to take part and recruited a band. The boxers were told that the fight should last for as long as the music was playing, while the band were instructed to play for as long as the boxers were fighting. Imhof explained: “It was all pretty red—the table dance bar and the noses. Looking back on it I realized that it had been one way to create a picture.”
Broken Music Vol. 2.
70 Years of Records and Sound Works by Artists
Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
Through May 15, 2023
In 1989, a travelling exhibition started in West Berlin, which had its finger on the pulse of the time. The person behind it: Ursula Block, owner of ‘gelbe MUSIK’ (1981–2014), a small yet world-famous record store in Berlin-Wilmersdorf: everyone visiting the city would drop by, including influential artists and musicians such as John Cage, Yoko Ono, Sonic Youth and Björk. It was the golden age of records, and Block’s exhibition Broken Music. Artists’ Recordworks was enthusiastically received by an interested audience. Since then, the vinyl record has been regarded as a key medium for the multifaceted exchange of art and music.
Following this influential exhibition, Broken Music Vol. 2 looks at artists’ engagement with the vinyl record over the past seven decades. The exhibition presents 700 records arranged in ten chapters, as well as sound works from the National Gallery’s extensive collection.
With works and records from various artists, including Hanne Darboven, Barbara Kruger and Anne Imhof.Link