Antwerp Museum of Modern Art to host world’s first exhibition on rave culture
This summer, Antwerp’s Museum of Modern Art is shining a spotlight on rave culture with a full exhibition dedicated to the ways of P.L.U.R. Entitled ‘Energy Flash,’ the exhibition is a joint project alongside Ampere, a local club. Set to run from June 17 to September 15, the exhibition will feature archival footage, criminal legislature, music, fashion and visual art, and will dive below the surface of the culture to examine the social, technological and political elements that contributed to its growth across Europe.
“Energy Flash will look at rave as a highly politicised phenomenon,” said the exhibition’s curators. “As a movement, it enacted a desire to be autonomous, with a belief in tolerance and experimental living, all built around the latent energy of electronic music. As a music-based culture, it embraced self-practice, invention and unbridled creativity, arguably leading to the densest period in history for the diversification of music.”
Naturally, the exhibition will coincide with three club nights featuring performances by Wolfgang Flür of Kraftwerk and Renaat Vandepapeliere on June 16, K’Alexi Shelby and Paul Du Lac on June 17, and Âme’s Kristian Beyer on June 18.