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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD! MUSICVIDEOS IN ARCHITECTURE. Groninger Museum and five other sites, Groningen, 1990. Organized and published in association with Dienst Ruimtelijke Ordening van de Gemeente Groningen. Two volumes. 30 x 25 cm. Vol. 1 (Architecture): 92 pp. with 105 ills. (32 col.). Vol. 2 (Musicvideos): 120 pp. with 286 ills. (112 col.). ISBN 9071691144 Bilingual in Dutch and English.
This unusual exhibition, organized both to examine the legitimacy of the music video as an art form and to encourage flexible approaches to urban architectural problems, took the form of a city-wide presentation of some 200 music videos by such artists as Madonna, Michael Jackson and the Eurythmics, displayed in structures specially designed by noted architects Coop Himmelblau, Zaha M. Hadid, Peter Eisenman, Rem Koolhaas and Bernard Tschumi. The first part of the catalogue includes a lengthy essay tracing the history of performance- and display-related architecture from Renaissance theaters to panoramas and exposition halls as well as photographs, drawings and models of the featured pavilions, which were to be adapted for other uses by the city at the close of the show. The second part presents a critical history of the music video in the 1980s and 19 short essays (illustrated with numerous stills) which discuss diverse cultural and artistic aspects of the medium.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-1970 — Architecture, Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 75
Worldwide Number: 053811
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