It’s not only rock ‘n’ roll baby!

Some time ago I visited this exhibition in our Museum of Modern Arts (BOZAR – Musée des Beaux Arts).

It’s an exhibition shows the works of several musicians from 1970 till now and how they voiced the spirit of rock and their inspirations in visual arts.

The artists shown are: Alan Vega, Antony, Bent van Looy (Das Pop), Bianca Casady (Cocorosie), Brian Eno, Chicks on Speed, David Byrne, Devendra Banhart, Fischerspooner, Jonsi Birgisson (Riceboy Sleeps), Kembra Pfahler, Kyle Field, Laurie Anderson, Miss Kittin, Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeah’s), Patti Smith, Pete Doherty, The Kills, The Residents and Yoko Ono.

I only knew 8 from the artists mentioned and I had no idea so many of them had a background in art or studied at art schools. It’s almost as if the two are not to be left out without the other: art and music.

Kembra Pfahler and The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. Performance at “It’s Not Only R’n’R Baby” exhibition at Bozar, Brussels. Picture taken from site: here.

So hence the title It’s not only rock ‘n’ roll baby! , cause while you might think that this exhibition is automatically linked with music, you are mistaken. There is more to these artists then that. Though Fischerspooner do combine music and audiovisual elements in their exhibited art. And yes, there are videos to be seen at the end of the tour, in a special room with comfortable sitting bags, a bit bean bag style but not quite… but the focus lies in the art and less in the music. Though one did inspire the other.

In the videos shown, I did like the music by Liquid Architecture, but then not the visuals provided in that clip. A pity. And Cocorosie, of which I had never heard, had a great track and video as well…

The exhibition is till 14 September 2008 here in Brussels. At the end, when you leave the exhibition, you can even receive a festival bracelet proving you went to the exhibition, all in rock and festival style. (But the fabric of the bracelet is not that comfortable, I tell you!)

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