Germany Opening Two Dance Music Museums
Germany is set to open two museums dedicated to electronic dance music by 2017.
The countries first electronic music museum set to open is in Berlin for late 2016. Dimitri Hegemann, founder of the legendary Tresor club and label will have it open just in time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Tresor. Both the label and the club have been at the frontier of the German underground scene since its beginning, twenty years ago.
Early 2017 will see the opening of MOMEM (The Museum of Modern Electronic Music) in Frankfurt. The project is being funded, in part, by the city of Frankfurt, who will provide a free lease on the inner-city space. MOMEM’s co-founder Alex Azary has been participating in the electronic music scene since the beginning of the 1980s, and believes the music’s influence as a genre and culture is vastly underestimated.
“Having experienced, followed and participated in this cultural movement in various forms since the beginning of the ‘80s, I was always confronted with the fact that this movement was way underestimated by most people—whether journalists, music critics, music industry or people from the art and culture scene,” said MOMEM cofounder, Alex Azary.
“We will present the development of electronic music since the late ‘70s, with all its genres and subgenres, the places where it happened, and where each style and sound was developed,” he says. “We don’t want to be a simply retrospective place; we want to be a place in the here and now, following and displaying current scenes as well as future developments. But as I mentioned before, we want to show more than just the musical development and the places and clubs where it happened, but the complete range of creative fields that were inspired, influenced and evolved from this club culture,” he said.
MOMEM is currently in fundraising mode, speaking with potential private investors and looking for possible government grants, as well as on the look out for interesting artifacts for the museum’s collection. Visit the official website here.