Vienna Calling. A History Of Pop Music

14 Sep 2017 – 25 Mar 2018

Wien Museum

Vienna, Austria


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Vienna Calling portrays six decades of pop history through the lens and soundscape of Vienna’s hottest and hippest bars, night clubs, squat houses, radio stations, and studios.


Start off at the Strohkoffer, an artists’ hangout in the 1950s, then stop in at the Atlantisfolk music club and the 1980s cult disco U4. Sample the lounge ambience of Kruder & Dorfmeister’s studio where 1990s Vienna downbeat was invented, and for more hard-edged electronica, rhiz is still the place to go.

The exhibition gives center stage to Vienna’s most influential musicians. Wolfgang Ambros recounts the tragic fate of “Da Hofa,” and Falco’s “Kommissar” is walking his beat. Anarchic proto-punk bands such as Novak’s Kapelle and Drahdiwaberl let rip, and political performance art gets its due with Schmetterlinge’s protest oratorio, The Passion of the Proletariat. Acts like Gustav, Wanda, and Bilderbuch bring the exhibition into the present.

Vienna Calling offers plenty to hear (more than 40 audiovisual stations!) and just as much to see: unknown archival material, videos, flyers, concert photos, record covers, stage outfits and fashion accessories, musical instruments, curios, and studio equipment. 


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