20. August 2023 - 03. March 2024

Pulsating music, exciting dance, flickering light – these are the elements needed to turn night into day. The fascination of dancing all night long can be experienced in a special exhibition entitled “D.I.S.C.O.” at the rock’n’popmuseum Gronau until March 3, 2024. Cool – Chic – Crazy”. 

The exhibition transports visitors into the extraordinary world of nightclubs and disco sounds with the help of a diverse selection of authentic exhibits and numerous interactive elements. Especially during the heyday of discos in the 1970s, the motto was: cool - chic - crazy! Extravagant outfits, iconic films and unusual dances still characterize the image of the discotheque today. 

The exhibition explores these aspects of the dismyth and also highlights the current diversity of club culture. The exhibition focuses on the pan-German disco landscape with its many unusual locations as well as numerous discos in Münsterland. The fascinating history of the discotheques is staged as a disco visit: After an encounter with the bouncer and a walk through the cloakroom with a large selection of outfits Disco era opens the way to the DJ booth. This opens up a view of the creative minds in the business. From producers to musicians to DJ authors, the entire diversity of danceable rhythms is on display. The highlight of the exhibition is the large dance floor designed with interactive elements; it invites you to engage with the hits of the disco era. In addition to interviews with players in the club scene, the exhibition shows posters, recordings, films and photographs.

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Borderless ​Dancing Pleasure

Music Stories Between Gronau and Enschede from 1920 to 1960
11. September 2022 - 02. April 2023

When in 1938 the composer Hans-Jürgen Majewski visited the small town on the Dinkel, a breath of Berlin air blows through Gronau's old town, around the Apollo Theater and the Tonhalle Lilienfeld in the Deutschen Haus. ​The artist pays a visit to his friend Joachim von Ostau, a son-in-law of the van Deldens, to premiere the operetta "Insel der Träume", which they had worked on together.
From here, the masterpiece is to conquer the theaters and opera houses of Germany and beyond. The performance is a complete success - in Gronau and Enschede. The story of the operetta "Insel der Träume", with the libretto by part-time Gronau resident Joachim von Ostau, is the starting point and the hook for the rock'n'popmuseum exhibition.
In collaboration with the Gronau city archives and the author Alfred Hagemann, the exhibition organizers have taken a look at Gronau's beginnings as a music city. Starting in 1920, the Gronau residents Robert Vorstheim and Bernhard Scheffer and the Dutchman Pieter Herfst talk about dancing the night away, dignified tea dances and crazy ideas between Café Laurenz and the jazz bars in Enschede city center. As "good spirits", the three tell of the city's dives and stages, that the van Delden family are indispensable sponsors and patrons of the local cultural scene and how the residents of Gronau managed their lives between working and music. They always look beyond the horizon and place the events of Gronau in the history of time and music. "The joint project of the rock'n'pop museum and the Gronau town archive, with the support of Gronau resident Alfred Hagemann, shows how Gronau became the music town it is today. It becomes clear that the border location was not an obstacle, but rather an engine for cultural diversity and still is today", said Thomas Albers, Managing Director of the rock'n'popmuseum.

Ludwig Lives! - Beethoven in Pop

25/03 – 03/10/2021 (scheduled for 2020)

Even during his lifetime, this man was already a star. And the desire for Ludwig has not diminished since. E.T.A. Hoffmann, Richard Wagner and Thomas Mann were just as engaged with Ludwig van Beethoven and his work as Chuck Berry, Stanley Kubrick and the rapper Nas. In pop, the Beethoven myth exploded and ultimately opened up its very own Beethoven reference space in music, films, cartoons, literature and pop art in many parts of the world, which was tapped more extensively than ever before. The issues that preoccupied Beethoven during his lifetime - violence and pathos, genius and masculinity, the role that Beethoven plays in national and international interests - are probably more pressing these days than they have ever been. With the exhibition “Ludwig lebt! Beethoven im Pop” (Ludwig lives! Beethoven in Pop) on the occasion of the composer’s 250th anniversary of the composer's birth highlights some of the obvious and surprising traces of Beethoven in pop, starting with his Fifth Symphony, which was sent on an infinite mission into space in the Voyager space probe. Ludwig lebt! features Beethoven's traces in bands like the Beatles, Accept, Electric Light Orchestra, Die Toten Hosen and artists such as Helge Schneider or Judith Holofernes, in films like A Clockwork Orange and Elephant or Inglorious Basterds, as well as in cartoons such as Peanuts and Goofy. The rock’n’popmuseum’s special exhibition is curated by a nationwide team of experts. An academic exhibition catalogue complements the exhibition theme.

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