Kraftwerk – Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

April 12–May 14, 2012

In conjunction with Kraftwerk – Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 at The Museum of Modern Art, an eight-channel video and sound installation especially developed for the exhibition is now on display in the MoMA PS1 Performance Dome.

Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider founded Kraftwerk In Düsseldorf in 1970 and set up the pioneering Kling Klang studio, where all Kraftwerk's albums have been conceived and composed. By the mid-1970s, Kraftwerk had achieved international recognition for its revolutionary experimentation with sound and imagery. Its compositions, which feature distant melodies, multilingual vocals, robotic Beats, custom-made vocoders, and computer speech, anticipated the impact technology would have on art and everyday life, capturing the human condition in an age of mobility and telecommunication. Kraftwerk's innovative looping techniques and mechanized rhythms, which had a major influence on the early development of hip-hop and electronic dance music, remain among the most commonly sampled sounds across a wide range of musical genres. Kraftwerk uses robotics and other technical innovations in its live performances, illustrating the belief that humans and machines make equal contributions in the creation of art.    

While admission to MoMA PS1 is suggested donation, full admission ($10 adults, $5 students and seniors) is required to enter this special exhibition.

— Full admission is not required on Mondays
— The special exhibition is free to MoMA members and LIC Residents
— Those who have a ticket from MoMA dated within the past 30 days are eligible for a discounted rate of $5
— During Special Programs, additional event admission may be charged
To accommodate other events held in the MoMA PS1 Performance Dome, the installation will not be on view during the following:

— Friday, May 11 (ALL DAY) for Preivew of HBO Documentary Film


Kraftwerk - Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 is made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.

The MoMA PS1 Performance Dome is made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.

As part of Kraftwerk – Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, the installation at MoMA PS1 is organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Director,  MoMA PS1, and Chief Curator at Large,The Museum of Modern Art, with the assistance of Eliza Ryan, Curatorial Assistant, MoMA PS1 and Lizzie Gorfaine, Project Coordinator, Exhibitions, MoMA PS1.


Celebrating Kraftwerk’s extensive influence on electronic music, MoMA PS1 invites distinguished DJs and producers to play tribute sets in the Kraftwerk – Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 installation.

Greg Wilson
Sunday, April 22

DJ Harvey
Sunday, April 29

Sunday, May 6

DJ Afrika Bambaataa
Sunday, May 13


April 14, April 15
3–6 PM

MoMA PS1 Performance Dome

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