Ingrid Buschmann, Gabriele Knapstein, Matthias Osterwold

»Works of Music by Visual Artists« is a series by Freunde Guter Musik Berlin e.V. in cooperation with Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, Neue Nationalgalerie, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn and since 2002 MaerzMusik – Festival of Contemporary Music | Berliner Festspiele.

Made possible by funding from Verein der Freunde der Nationalgalerie (1999, 2000, 2002), Hauptstadtkulturfonds (2000, 2005, 2009, 2012, 2014), Schering Stiftung (2005, 2012, 2014) and Initiative Neue Musik Berlin e.V. (2010, 2011).


A series of events featuring performances
of compositions and music by visual artists

The series »Works of Music by Visual Artists« presents pieces by artists who are internationally known as visual artists. Some of these musical works and compositions have seldom been heard; some are new works commissioned for the series. For the participating artists, the connection between visual arts and music – between visual and acoustic experience – is an integral component of their artistic work. Transdisciplinary and structural transformation, and the creation of dissonance and counterpoint, all play a role.

The thematic focus on the border zone between music and visual art has been a guiding concept for Freunde Guter Musik Berlin since its inception. The association had just been founded in 1983 when it was invited to plan a program of events to accompany the Berlin exhibition »Der Hang zum Gesamtkunstwerk« by Harald Szeemann. For its 10th anniversary in 1993, Freunde realized a number of larger projects in conjunction with Christos Joachimides' Berlin exhibition »Amerikanische Kunst im 20. Jahrhundert«.

Since 1997 Freunde Guter Musik Berlin has maintained an ongoing collaboration with the Nationalgalerie in the Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum for the Present – Berlin. Besides curating individual events there, Freunde put together an extensive program of performances with young British artists and musicians for the 1998/99 exhibition »Sensation«. The series »Musikwerke Bildender Künstler« (Works of Music by Visual Artists), initiated in 1999 with the Nationalgalerie in the Hamburger Bahnhof and other partners, has so far presented concert performances of musical works and installations by Hanne Darboven, Yves Klein, Hermann Nitsch, Rodney Graham, Stephen Prina, Lawrence Weiner / Peter Gordon, Christian Marclay, Käthe Kruse, Carsten Nicolai, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Cory Arcangel, Egill Sæbjörnsson & Marcia Moraes, Ryoji Ikeda and Susan Philipsz.


Program accompanying the exhibition
»Part File Score« (2014)

Welcome – Ingrid Buschmann and Gabriele Knapstein
Introduction to the film music compositions of Hanns Eisler with film excerpts with Peter Deeg and Johannes C. Gall (in German)
Susan Philipsz in conversation with Martin Herbert (in English)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 • 7 p.m.

Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin / Historic Hall Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Invalidenstr. 50-51, 10557 Berlin
Admission free. The exhibition is open until 7 p.m.

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»Part File Score« (2014)
24-Kanal Sound Installation
Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin – Historische Halle

Opening: January 31, 8 p.m.

Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof
Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
Invalidenstr. 50-51, 10557 Berlin
Tu-Fr 10–6, Sa 11–8, Su 11–6

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