PREPARED PIANOS AT THE KW: OPENING THE LID ON A NEW MUSICAL WORLD

PREPARED PIANOS AT THE KW: OPENING THE LID ON A NEW MUSICAL WORLD

When musicians modify their pianos, they open up a whole world of musical possibilities. With a five-day program of piano-based explorations, the KW gallery is celebrating just this. The highlight: 24 “prepared pianos” taken from Italian patron Francesco Conz’s (1935-2010) Archivio Conz collection of avant-garde artworks. The instruments are “prepared” by placing objects between or on the strings, and the exhibition is a testament to the musicians who have experimented with their keys and strings through the ages. These visual displays challenge the idea of the piano as the tool of the privileged virtuoso, and bring together works from major avant-garde artists including Ay-O, Dorothy Iannone, Carolee Schneemann, Nam June Paik, as well as Ben Patterson, whose piano – that most staid of instruments – is turned into a tropical wonder with a whole array of exotic plants. Alongside the exhibited pianos is a series of music and visual performances. Our tip: grab a ticket for Charlemagne Palestine’s show, featuring his minimalist synth and organ sounds. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Courtesy of Archivio Conz)

KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Auguststr.69, 10117 Berlin–Mitte; map
Pause: Broken Sound/Remote Music. Prepared pianos from the Archivio Conz collection. 16.–19.01.2020
Concert from Charlemagne Palestine, 17.01.2020, 20h30. Tickets at the KW box office.
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