• Visual arts, Music
    • Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 17:00 to Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 18:00


  1. Free admission

Vernissage: 14 January 2020, 17:00-20:00
Exhibition: 14 January - 25 February 2020, Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 18:00

Do you know vinyl disks? 

They are all at once a legend, an artefact of history, a tradition; but they are also an object, a discovery, and a design. 

Timeless, vinyl discs are inseparable from the word ‘music’.

Fascinating and inspiring, they attract the eye of the plastic arts, with their variety of colours, design and illustrations. 

Of course, new forms of media, modern technologies and digital music offer platforms to listen to music instantaneously, which has caused the vinyl to lose its place, becoming an object reserved for collectors and music professionals. However, it has never truly disappeared. The vinyl has endured, traversing epochs, cultures, the arts and the environment. 

We wish to put this object in the spotlight; an object that has not only accompanied multiple generations and technological changes, but also has itself been the catalyst for artistic, cultural and technological evolution. 

Through an exhibition presented by Frédéric Fatio et Jean-Luc Cressier, founding members of the Métissages programme on Couleur 3 and avid collectors of vinyl, we invite you on a voyage through time, packed with emotion, surprises and experimentation. 

Returning to the origins of popular music, this voyage will take you back towards the very first sounds which, over time, gave us jazz, salsa, rock, electro, metal, hip-hop, disco and more. Equally, it is an opportunity to rediscover the first sound systems, from the phonograph, to the portable gramophone, the electrophone, the Teppaz turntable, and DJ Technics turntable. 

The exhibition ‘Touchable Music’ will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the album Abbey Road by The Beatles, with a competition for the community of the International School of Geneva, a collection of some rare and authentic vinyl on show at the Centre des arts, as well as pedagogical workshops in line with the history of music and of sound systems. 

An exhibition with the participation of the Montreux Jazz Festival. 

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