As lockdown measures are progressively eased across the country, digital design fans will be pleased to hear an eagerly awaited exhibition has been given an official launch date. ‘Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers’ was initially scheduled to launch on April Fool’s Day, but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It will now launch on the 31st of July, as other museums and exhibition spaces are set to reopen their doors.
An announcement on the Design Museum’s website includes details of its ‘partial reopening’, with a host of social distancing measures designed to provide visitors with a safe and enjoyable experience. This includes reduced visitor capacity, time-limited tickets, sanitiser stations, and queues outside. Visitors are encouraged to wear a face covering to protect themselves and others, and are reminded not to put their hands on any of the exhibits.
Amy Lamé, Night Czar for London commented on the news that "the Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on culture and the night time economy, so it is great news that the Design Museum will be opening its doors again with an exhibition in support of electronic music.”
"London is renowned for its world-leading music industry, and this exhibition will help to celebrate the positive impact artists and venues have on the capital at a time when we’re waiting for our much-loved clubs to reopen."
The show itself charts the convergence of music and visual design in electronic music, with exhibits including classic album sleeves, and also the light beam sights of Jean-Michel Jarre's laser harp and the more extreme end of Aphex Twin's videography. Expect spectacular lighting and visual displays, as an era of electronic music is celebrated in all its dazzling majesty. There's also a celebration of a half century of Kraftwerk history through a half-hour 3D experience, which'll no doubt be familiar to those who've seen the German group's amazing live performances.
Of course a lot has changed since the intended launch date. Sadly, aside from the pandemic the tragic death of Kraftwerk member Florian Schneider occurred during this period. We do hope he’ll be given a fitting tribute in this exhibition, and his legacy is no doubt secured through the excellent celebration of visual and music that this show represents.
Tickets will be released to the general public at 9am on 10 July. Everyone with a ticket for the original dates will be contacted to exchange them for a new date; note that anyone hoping to visit will need to adhere to new safety guidelines as detailed below.
By Richard Oxley