Notes from the Underground
A catalogue for the exhibition Notes from the Underground. Art and Alternative Music in Eastern Europe 1968-1994.
This exhibition explores the close and often dynamic relationship between visual artists and musicians in Eastern Europe under communist rule. In the 1970s stages became settings throughout the world for elaborate light shows, outlandish props and theatrical costumes. Entire fashions were generated from the 'look' of performers. And, later, in the 1980s, the music video provided a new platform for visual expression. After dismissing Western pop culture as propaganda in the early years of the Cold War, each Eastern European state set about establishing its own jazz, pop and rock scenes with compliant stars, controlled venues and censored music magazines.
Graphic design: Fontarte
Edited by: David Crowley and Daniel Muzyczuk
Published by: Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź & Koenig Books 2016-17