Horst-Janssen-Museum Oldenburg
Am Stadtmuseum 4-8
26121 Oldenburg

Sound goes Image

Scores, between music and visual art

Exhibition from February 4 till April 30, 2017

© (Jorinde Voigt) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2017

The exhibition “Sound goes Image – Scores, between music and visual art” deals with the phenomenon of musical graphics, opening up a completely new cosmos for our museum visitors. It’s about scores, which are, of course, part of the musical fi eld but don’t necessarily employ classical musical notation, at least since the rise of the New York School of Composers (mid-20th century).

© 2002 Edition Peters

There are various explanations: Composition is intended to expand the scope for composers and listeners; the production of sounds goes beyond classical musical instruments or voices; and for graphic artists, musical implementation is one of many interpretive possibilities at their disposal. These developments are refl ected in a score’s personal „signature.“ The boundaries of fi ne art are blurred and the result is a wonderful, individual, pictorial handwriting: from colorfully designed and unusually arranged staves to comic-like, linguistic scores to completely free, purely gestic characters, which nevertheless can always be read as compositions.

Photo: Horst-Janssen-Museum

The exhibition includes original scores by Mary Bauermeister, Cathy Berberian, Sylvano Bussotti, John Cage, Hanne Darboven, Ulrich Eller, William Engelen, Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, Anestis Logothetis, Robert Moran, Tona Scherchen-Hsiao, Moritz v. Schwind, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Jorinde Voigt and Grzegorz G. Zgraja.

Audio samples enable museum visitors to imagine how the scores they see would actually sound. At some stations, visitors themselves can create sounds, compose a score and test their musical skills.

Photo: Markus Hibbeler
Photo: Markus Hibbeler
Photo: Markus Hibbeler
Photo: Horst-Janssen-Museum


Impressions from the opening of the exhibition »