John Cage, preparing a piano (before 1950)
- 03 Sep. - 28 Nov. 2010
- SCHUNCK, Heerlen, Holanda
- 25 Feb. - 30 May 2010
- Henie Onstad Art Centre, Noruega
The Anarchy of Silence. John Cage and experimental art was the first exhibition to frame the work of composer, artist and philosopher John Cage (Los Angeles, 1912 – New York, 1992)) in its historical context, analysing the profound influence of his aesthetic and sound investigations on the visual, musical and performing arts from the 1940s to the present.
The exhibition approached the composer's career chronologically, starting in the thirties with his contributions to percussion music, pausing to look at his compositions for "prepared piano" in the forties, reviewing his groundbreaking use of the concepts of randomness and indetermination in the fifties, and culminating in his technological experimentations from the sixties to the eighties. Although it would also be possible to see journey beginning with the noise of the First Construction (in Metal) (1939) and gradually leading to the silence of his legendary 4'33'' (1952), particularly given that his scores – in the twofold physical and conceptual sense – were the core of the exhibition.
A central area was set aside for illustrating Cage's prolific web of collaborations with the artists of his time, which contributed decisively to expanding the boundaries of artistic languages and reconfiguring the relationship between the artwork, public and creator. Marcel Duchamp, Buckminster Fuller, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, La Monte Young, Nam June Paik, and the members of Fluxus were some of the members of his artistic circle.
Cinema, performance and lectures
- Data inici:
- From 23 Oct.
- Data fi:
- to 26 Nov. 2009
- RWM Son[i]a: James Pritchett talks about the work of John Cage, David Tudor and Morton Feldman and the difficulty of writing about their music. +info
- RWM Son[i]a: Bartomeu Marí and Julia Robinson talk about the exhibition "The Anarchy of Silence. John Cage and Experimental Art" +info
- RWM Son[i]a: Interview with Carmen Pardo, musicologist, editor, and translator of John Cage. +info
- Exhibition brochure
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