Sven Väth in Stuttgart: Techno legend on the Schlossplatz – culture

Sven Väth will be DJing next to the art museum on June 30th as part of the Rehberger exhibition – admission is free. This should give the Schlossplatz radiance again.

Anyone who walks around Stuttgart’s Schlossplatz at night today will miss the light-heartedness of days gone by. For many years, important pop culture impulses emanated from Kleiner Schlossplatz: from the legendary Pauls Boutique bar, the free spirits on the outside staircase and the skaters in front of it. The riots of June 2020 brought with them a completely different atmosphere: Since then, the Schlossplatz has been perceived as a nocturnal nightmare, Mayor Frank Nopper (CDU) only thought of a moderately frequented “Genussplätzle” as a deterrent.

The Kunstmuseum Stuttgart is now daring to do something big: the museum has hired techno icon Sven Väth to perform on Schlossplatz. On June 30th, the artist, who redefined the role of the DJ as a star in Germany, will appear as part of the Tobias Rehberger Show to the right of the cube, in front of the stairs, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., with Maurizio Schmitz in the supporting act . And with free entry, the currency that equally convinces all Swabians, regardless of their origin.

A cultural-political signal

Sven Väth is looking forward to his guest appearance on the Schlossplatz: “I had an intense affair with Stuttgart over the years, especially in the 1990s. I had a residence at the Oz with Marco Zaffarano. Later I often played in the M1 and always had cool evenings there,” recalls Väth, who only had an acclaimed performance at the new Dukeland Festival in Ludwigsburg last weekend.

The DJ gig on Schlossplatz, almost exactly two years after the riots in summer 2020, is also a cultural-political signal. The performance is intended to restore the place’s lost radiance.

Väth is supposed to make the facade of the art museum pulsate

The art museum, as the initiator of the event, confirms the appearance on request: “I’m interested in crossing borders between the different arts, especially between art and music,” explains museum director Ulrike Groos. “Over the past few years, we have repeatedly shown exhibitions devoted to this synaesthetic connection. It can also be found in Tobias Rehberger’s retrospective, as in his light installation on the museum’s facade.” The facade work, which reacts to the music played by passers-by, is now to be made to pulsate by Väth’s beats.

Rehberger is friends with Väth. The two recently worked together in Frankfurt at the opening of the Museum of Modern Electronic Music (Momem). The first show at Momem in Frankfurt is dedicated to Väth, designed by Rehberger and curated by Torben Giese, the director of the Stuttgart City Palace. Väth also performed in Frankfurt with free admission in the heart of the city. When he appeared at the Hauptwache in early April, thousands celebrated the entry of pop culture into the museum, peacefully – as hopefully again in the future on Stuttgart’s Schlossplatz.

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Sven Väth’s DJ gig takes up pop culture impulses that have always emanated from the area around today’s art museum. In 2012, Ulrike Groos caused a stir when she set up a painted skate ramp by the artist Michel Majerus in front of the museum. Now an artistic-musical intervention in the public space takes place.

Sven Väth is on a roll: “Catharsis” was released in February, his first album in almost 20 years. In April, the Museum of Modern Electronic Music (MOMEM) in Frankfurt opened with the exhibition “It’s simple to tell what saved us from hell” about his work.