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Hello,
Düsseldorf, the cosmopolitan city on the Rhine, is much more than business, fashion, shopping and beer culture, especially in 2021. It was here that "Krautrock" was born as a response to British and American music of the post-war period. From Düsseldorf, electronic music began its triumphal march around the world thanks to Kraftwerk and NEU! and influenced, for example, Detroit's techno scene as well as U.S. hip hop. The creative buzz in Düsseldorf's old town and the innovative power of the music scene have been closely linked to the Kunstakademie (art academy) since the 1960s.

Founded in 1762, the academy has produced numerous internationally renowned artists, such as Joseph Beuys. Germany’s most influential artist would have celebrated his centenary in 2021. From the 1960s until his death in 1986, Beuys was omnipresent in Düsseldorf. He created headlines with action art that grabbed the media’s attention: fishbones, 7,000 oak trees, fat corners and revolutionary ideas. Students took to the streets for him. No professor before or since has achieved such popularity. Beuys met Warhol, was on the cover of Spiegel magazine, and advertised Japanese whisky. Now it’s time to engage with him again.

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Your Visit Düsseldorf Team
Immerse yourself in electronic music and arts
„The Sound of Düsseldorf” guided tour © Düsseldorf Tourismus / Markus Luigs
„The Sound of Düsseldorf” guided tour
© Düsseldorf Tourismus / Markus Luigs
The Sound of Düsseldorf
Time and again, Düsseldorf has produced influential and successful pop music. Musicians, artists and other creative minds have been gathering in the Altstadt (Old Town) for the last 50 years, where they have started up bands and influenced each other. In the 1970s and 1980s, this was the cradle of the electronic music that has shaped 21st century pop. Whoever is out and about in Düsseldorf today will find a vibrant local music scene with bands and musicians either paying tribute to their famous role models or just doing their own thing.
New music in the old town
Music, Makers & Machines
The new exhibition “Music, Makers & Machines” staged by the non-profit platform Google Arts & Culture, reveals the previously unseen history of electronic music from its beginnings to the present day. Not surprisingly, nine of the top 50 German albums of all time were created in Düsseldorf. As the cradle of trailblazing sounds from bands like Kraftwerk, Düsseldorf features prominently in this international project: six contributions tell viewers about the famous electronic music pioneers from the Rhine, and music history’s legendary venues between Ratinger Straße and Grabbeplatz.
Trailblazing sounds
Google Arts & Culture © Düsseldorf Tourismus GmbH
Google Arts & Culture
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The Sound of Düsseldorf, A special talk @ Salon des Amateurs © YouTube, Düsseldorf Tourismus GmbH
The Sound of Düsseldorf, A special talk @ Salon des Amateurs © YouTube, Düsseldorf Tourismus GmbH
A special talk
@ Salon des Amateurs
Fairfax-born radio host, DJ, author and journalist Mike Litt sheds light on Düsseldorf's music scene in a conversation with music journalists Michael Wenzel and Sven-André Dreyer. The location of the conversation is the Salon des Amateurs, a lounge and music club in the building of the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf exhibition space. Instead of a classic museum café, the Salon functions as a venue for avant-garde, electronic and improvisational music.
The interview
Meet the Beuys
Joseph Beuys shaped Düsseldorf – and not only in terms of art. His famous dictum – “Everyone is an artist” – continues to inspire the city today. Beuys was a vocal advocate of grassroots democracy and a co-founder of the ecological movement. Germany’s most influential artist would have celebrated his centenary in 2021. Numerous museums are devoting shows to his work. The central event is the grand centenary exhibition at Kunstsammlung NRW, K20 arts collection in Düsseldorf. A special city tour shows where Beuys’s influence can still be felt, guiding visitors through Düsseldorf’s inner city.
"Everyone is an artist"
Joseph Beuys © Brigitte Hellgoth/Süddeutsche Zeitung Foto
Joseph Beuys
© Brigitte Hellgoth/Süddeutsche Zeitung Foto
Street sign at Drakeplatz © Johannes Höhn
Street sign at Drakeplatz © Johannes Höhn
Beuys & Bike
Beuys often rode his bike from his living studio at Drakeplatz, in the Oberkassel quarter, across the bridge over the Rhine to the Kunstakademie (Art Academy). Lovers of art can now follow his tracks on their own bikes, looking for traces of his work in the cultural metropolis. The Düsseldorf section of the route is part of an almost 300 km long cycle route that connects places that played an important role in Beuys' life and work.
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