Good Read: “Chaos to Couture” – The Grave of Punk

Art magazine “Art” visited the new “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in New York that had quite the sub-par opening. They weren’t happy at all.

The author wonders, and rightfully so, that with all the Punk aesthetics the music was totally forgotten – no banging, loud, and annoying Punk came blasting out of the speakers. Instead one listened to Rossini’s overture “La Gazza Ladra”. Oh well.

Claudia Bodin writes the following about the exhibition:

“The show ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture” depicts how a youth movement is being transformed into consumer goods. Right upon entering the exhibition it becomes obvious that the fashion world embodies everything that Punk never wanted to be. Punk was anarchy: uncontrolled, improvised, wild, cheap, and ugly.”

And further, disappointed:

“(…) This show does not celebrate Punk, the pink and black-colored rooms are killing punk, rather than acknowledging it and honoring it. And fading star Madonna showing up for the opening gala in tights with holes and super short, studded quilt jacket didn’t really make the whole event any more lively.”

You can read the entire artice, our good read of today, here.

Von: Carl Jakob Haupt

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