Over eight consecutive nights, New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (where a red post-war Cisitalia resides among the collection) will present a chronological exploration of the sonic and visual experiments of the groundbreaking German band Kraftwerk, with a live presentation of their complete repertoire in the Museum’s Marron Atrium. Each evening consists of a live performance and 3-D visualization of one of Kraftwerk’s studio albums. For our autocentric purposes, 1974′s Autobahn kicks off the party, although other nights will feature other albums in order of their release. Kraftwerk will follow each evening’s album performance with additional compositions from their catalog, all adapted specifically for this exhibition.
What we want to know: Will Autobahn go back to its classic album-side electro prog-rock originality, will it retain the swinging-triplet beat as debuted in The Mix (1991), or will this be some new interpretation? And will they continue to use the same early ’80s German traffic camera footage they’ve used on their last few tours?
Additionally, a presentation of Kraftwerk’s historical audio and visual material is on view at MoMA PS1, April 10–May 14, 2012. The retrospective is organized by Klaus Biesenbach, chief curator at large for The Museum of Modern Art, and Director of MoMA PS1; with the assistance of Eliza Ryan, curatorial assistant of MoMA PS1. Tickets are $25 and will go on sale to the public February 22, only at MoMAKraftwerkTickets.showclix.com. There is a two-ticket limit per person for the entire series.