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Music at first sight


Four men on a pedestrian crossing, a Buddhist monk engulfed in flames, a baby underwater swimming after a dollar bill, a pair of tight zippered jeans, the screen-printed image of a yellow banana… all these images have left a deep impression on entire generations of music fans. Where would an album be without its cover?

The “Total records. Vinyl Records and Photography” exhibition showcased a selection of the 20th century’s most emblematic vinyl record covers, the result of surprising collaborations between prominent photographers and artists such as Robert Frank-Rolling Stones, Bernd & Hilla Becher-Kraftwerk, Weegee-George Michael, Helmut Newton-INXS, Herb Ritts-Madonna, Annie Leibovitz-Cindy Lauper, Nobuyoshi Araki-Björk, Jeff Wall-Iggy Pop, Anton Corbijn-U2, William Klein-Serge Gainsbourg, Jean-Paul Goude-Grace Jones, Irving Penn-Miles Davis and Ryan McGinley-Sigur Rós.

Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Dieter Roth and other prestigious visual artists also left their mark on vinyl, using the album cover as a space for experimenting with a variety of photographic techniques and artistic practices.

The exhibition, which was divided into thematic sections, gave visitors the possibility of exploring different aspects of this unique art form.


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