ECM — A Cultural Archaeology

In the press

"The Edition of Contemporary Music, ECM for short, is less a record company than it is a world view. Furthermore, Manfred Eicher is not just a company owner, but rather a guiding spirit, if not a musical philosopher." This is the judgment of online portal Klassikinfo.de, in its review of the exhibition "ECM – A Cultural Archaeology". The "Süddeutsche Zeitung", which dedicated the first page of its arts section to the exhibition, began its article "Was für Ohren!" ("What Ears!"), with an anecdote about the pianist Keith Jarrett, with whom ECM has worked since the early 1970s: "The pianist was in his practice room, on the walls of which hung record covers with his photograph, ... Jarrett gazed over these and sighed, 'Oh, Manfred ... Manfred. He can be so annoying. He’s so pigheaded. And what a set of ears'! He was referring to Manfred Eicher, the ... head of the record label ECM, who had produced the most recordings of the jazz pianist. Jarrett quickly continued, saying he meant it as a compliment, particularly the part about the pigheadedness; after all, he had ears as well." A selection of the latest press reports and reviews can be found here: 

→ All About Jazz, 02.01.13
→ The New York Times, 26.12.12

In German:
→ Süddeutsche Zeitung, 23.11.12

→ Bayerischer Rundfunk, 22.11.12
→ Klassikinfo.de, 22.11.12
→ Münchner Merkur
→ Abendzeitung, 22.11.12

Arm chair from Haus der Kunst shown at Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam, photo: Anniek Mol
Arm chair from Haus der Kunst shown at Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam, photo: Anniek Mol
Arm chair from Castrum Peregrini shown in the Historical Archive, Haus der Kunst, 2012, photo: Marino Solokhov
Arm chair from Castrum Peregrini shown in the Historical Archive, Haus der Kunst, 2012, photo: Marino Solokhov
Arm chair from Haus der Kunst shown in the exhibition
Arm chair from Haus der Kunst shown in the exhibition "After Aura", at Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam, photo: Anniek Mol

Stretch your view


Stretch your view


In the press, In the press

AZ Press Article "Abuse of the Muses", 18.07.12

The Abendzeitung dedicated one page to the examination of Haus der Kunst’s opening (18 July 1937), as well as to the exhibition “Degenerate Art” [in German] MORE


In the press

Ends of the Earth - DER SPIEGEL - Interview

Interview with curator Philipp Kaiser on the exhibition “Ends of the Earth – Land Art to 1974” MORE


Concert series

"ECM – A Cultural Archaeology": Concert Series

The first major exhibition on the legendary Munich-based record label ECM was accompanied by a concert series featuring renowned performers. MORE


In the press

Mel Bochner — If the Color Changes

TLS, the cultural supplement of the London-based newspaper The Times, describes Mel Bochner's show "When the Color Changes" as an "extraordinarily fine, even thrilling, exhibition". MORE


Essay

ECM — A Cultural Archaeology: Essay by Okwui Enwezor

Essay "Great Big Ears" by Okwui Enwezor, Director und Curator of the exhibition "ECM — A Cultural Archaeology" MORE


Concert series

ECM — Sound samples

The exhibition "ECM — A Cultural Archaeology" was accompanied by a concert series featuring renowned performers. Here, you will find sound samples of all the participating musicians and ensembles. MORE

Picture Gallery


"ECM – A Cultural Archaeology": Film screenings

Over the past four decades, ECM's music has become an important resource for contemporary cinema. Label founder Manfred Eicher has immersed himself into film and collaborated extensively with filmmakers especially Jean-Luc Godard and Theo Angelopoulos. MORE


Exhibition catalogue

ECM — A Cultural Archaeology

With a foreword by Okwui Enwezor and essays by Diedrich Diederichsen, Okwui Enwezor, Kodwo Eshun, Renée Green, Markus Müller, Wolfgang Sandner, and Jürg Stenzl. MORE


Poster

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EXHIBITION

ECM

23.11.12 – 10.02.13

The label ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music) was founded in 1969 by Manfred Eicher in Munich in order to record, produce and publish avant-garde music. The exhibition focuses on the expansive cultural landscape in which ECM has worked since 1969. MORE