Remember Dieter Roth?

Well, you should. Dieter Roth was a multi-talent and worked in widely ranged media such as drawing, painting, assemblage, installation, printmaking, artist’s books, literature, action and film. His numerous music-related projects though have remained little known so far. But that’s about to change: „And away with the minutes“ – opening this Friday at Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin – is the first exhibition to show the artist’s music-related work comprehensively. Music played an important role for Roth all his life and affects his oeuvre in many different ways. He integrated musical instruments into his assemblages as mute reliefs alongside cassette players and other audio devices, for example, and uses them as motifs in his paintings and works on paper. Roth even performed as a musician himself, playing alone or as a member of the artists collective ‚Selten gehörte Musik‘ (Rarely heard Music), with his Viennese artist friends and at home with his children. Roth had an extensive vinyl collection and his own recording studio. He loved classical music, Schubert, Brahms and Schonberg in particular. The exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof is complemented by selected works of artists showing parallels with Roth’s musical oeuvre and celebrates the connection between visual arts and music. It runs from March 14th to August 16th. Free admission to the opening this Friday from 8–11pm.
Exhibition: And away with the minutes. Dieter Roth and Music | 14th May – 16th August | Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Invalidenstraße 50-51, 10557 Berlin | | | Photo: Florian Holzherr. © Dieter Roth Estate Courtesy Hauser & Wirth