BLACK ALBUM WHITE CUBE. A Journey into Art and Music

Cat. Kunsthal Rotterdam

Exhibition catalogue, edited by Max Dax, Dirk Luckow, Nathanja van Dijk
artitst interviews (English) by Max Dax, and a conversation between Max Dax and Hans Ulrich Obrist
208 p. with 475 coloured illustrations
280 x 240 mm, softcover

ISBN 978-3-86442-317-8


What happens when musicians adopt ideas from the art world?

And what paintings, sculptures and video works arise when visual artists allow them­selves to be influenced by music? This is the common thread of the exhibition »Black Album / White Cube – A Journey into Art and Music«, curated by Max Dax, the former editor-in-chief of Spex and Electronic Beats Magazine. The book features modern classics such as Peter Saville’s album cover design of Joy Division’s »Unknown Pleasures« (and a meditation on their derivatives), Emil Schult’s »Autobahn« painting for Kraftwerk, as well as Arthur Jafa’s apocalyptic video instal­lation APEX that rewrites pop history to the ­pulsating beat of a Detroit techno track by Robert Hood. The mutual influences between music and art become evident when Albert ­Oehlen is referencing Scooter and Rotterdam’s Euromasters in his paintings, and in photographs by Andrea Stappert, Anton Corbijn, Sven ­Marquardt, Luci Lux and Wolfgang Tillmans. Video works by Cyprien Gaillard, Mark Leckey and ­Daniel Blumberg extend this approach into the realm of film. The book features numerous background interviews that Max Dax has conducted with the participating artists – including Kim ­Gordon, Thomas Ruff and Michaela Melián. ­Further insight into the curator’s own practice is provided by an in-depth conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Artists / Interviewees:
Daniel Blumberg, Rutherford Chang, Phil Collins, Anton Corbijn, Kim ­Gordon, Scott King, Peter Knoch, Mark Leckey, Julian Lescoeur, Sven Marquardt, Michaela Melián, Radenko Milak, Albert Oehlen feat H.P. Baxxter, Thomas Ruff, Peter Saville, Thomas Scheibitz, Michael Schirner, Bettina Scholz, Emil Schult, Andrea Stappert, Henning Strassburger, Wolfgang Tillmans, Philip Topolovac, Ari Versluis / Ellie Uyttenbroek and Wolfgang Voigt

Kunsthal Rotterdam, 20/6/2020 – 10/1/2021