Kunsthalle Münster

Moon Machine, Landing

11 February to 22 June, 2020

Contemporary art

Kunsthalle Münster

Moon Machine, Landing

11 February to 22 June, 2020

2019 was the 20th anniversary of the exceptional musician Moondog’s death (1916–1999). The blind composer, poet and music theorist was an important figure in the counterculture of the 1960s and -70s. Moondog, “Viking of the 6th Avenue”, active both in the USA and in Germany as a street artist, mobile poet and instrument maker, has exerted substantial influence on contemporary art until today. From the mid-1970s on, his nomadic lifestyle led the Ameri-can artist first to Hamburg, then via Recklinghausen to Münster, where he lived until his death.  

Departing from Moondog’s works, the composer Thies Mynther and theatre maker Veit Sprenger in collaboration with the visual artist Tobias Euler have created an interventionist music machine. The Moon Machine is a mobile sound system — a bricolage consisting of pneumatic instruments and mechatronic sound automats, sun shades, bugles and acoustic collision warning devices — being played by the two performers Mynther and Sprenger. The acoustic sculpture developed in cooperation with the Theater im Pumpenhaus was first put into operation by the artists at the international festival Flurstücke 019 in Münster in 2019.
    
In the frame of the exhibition at the Kunsthalle Münster, the trio made up of Euler, Mynther and Sprenger is continuing the interdisciplinary project at the interface of music, theatre and visual art. The Kunsthalle thus transforms into a stage, the exhibition functions as a synesthetic spectacle. In the course of the show the Moon Machine evolves into an installation, throwing off tentacles and connecting with the space at the Kunsthalle. Much like Moondog’s appearance, the music machine meets the viewer head-on. The individual instruments take centre stage as objects and can be examined in detail. This brings both a sensuous and a visual aspect of making music into focus.

Supplementing the Moon Machine, the Kunsthalle Münster presents exhibits from the estate of Louis Thomas Hardin (aka. Moondog), deriving from his archive in Münster and now shown publicly in this form for the first time.

Moon Machine, Landing
11.02 - 22.06.2020
Kunsthalle Münster, Hafenweg 28, 5th floor, 48155 Münster
Opening hours: Tue – Sun, 12 – 6 pm

Due to the current situation in connection with the COVID-19 virus, Kunsthalle Münster is suspending its exhibition operations for the time being until April 20, 2020.


Preview of the upcoming exhibition:
Sensing Scale
20.02. – 16.05.2021
Opening: 19.02.2021, 7 pm

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Press material

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Exhibition views

  • Moon Machine, Landing
    Installationsansicht Kunsthalle Münster 2020
    Foto: Hubertus Huvermann
  • Moon Machine, Landing
    Installationsansicht Kunsthalle Münster 2020
    Foto: Hubertus Huvermann
  • Moon Machine, Landing
    Installationsansicht Kunsthalle Münster 2020
    Foto: Hubertus Huvermann
  • Moon Machine, Landing
    Installationsansicht Kunsthalle Münster 2020
    Foto: Hubertus Huvermann
  • Moon Machine, Landing
    Installationsansicht Kunsthalle Münster 2020
    Foto: Hubertus Huvermann
  • Moon Machine, Landing
    Installationsansicht Kunsthalle Münster 2020
    Foto: Hubertus Huvermann
  • Moon Machine, Landing
    Installationsansicht Kunsthalle Münster 2020
    Foto: Hubertus Huvermann

Tobias Euler, Thies Mynther, Veit Sprenger: Moon Machine, Landing

  • Moon Machine, 2019
    Foto: Ralf Emmerich
  • Moon Machine, 2019
    Foto: Ralf Emmerich
  • Thies Mynther in der Inszenierung Moondogging, 2019
    Foto: Ralf Emmerich
  • Veit Sprenger in der Inszenierung Moondogging, 2019
    Foto: Ralf Emmerich
  • Thies Mynther
    Foto: Sandra Trostel
    Make-Up: Alex Murray-Leslie
  • Veit Sprenger, 2019
    Foto: Veit Sprenger
  • Moondog, Hamburg 1974
    Foto: Beatrice Frehn
  • Moondog am Lambertikirchplatz, Münster 1974
    Foto: Norbert Nowotsch

Sensing Scale (20.02. – 16.05.2021)

  • Pedro Barateiro, The Opening Monologue, 2018, HD Video, 14:37 Min. (Filmstill). Courtesy the artist
  • Emma Charles, Fragments, 2013, HD Video, 17 Min. (Filmstill) Courtesy the artists
  • Bahar Noorizadeh, After Scarcity, 2018, HD Video, 31:51 Min. (Filmstill) Courtesy the artist

Kunsthalle Münster

  • Kunsthalle Münster
    Foto: Merle Radtke
  • Kunsthalle Münster
    Foto: Merle Radtke
  • Merle Radtke, Direktorin der Kunsthalle Münster
    Foto: Volker Renner