After making its debut last year at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, “Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today” arrives to Italy. It is an exhibition that examines the history of clubbing, focusing on the design and architecture of famous clubs. From the Italian 60’s nightclubs Space Electronic (1969) in Florence, the work of a radical design group named Group 9999, all the way to the legendary Studio 54 by Ian Schrager in New York (1977-80); from Les Bains Douches by Philippe Starck in Paris (1978) to the most recent Double Club in London (2008), conceived by the German artist Carsten Höller for the Prada Foundation.
The exhibition, which will be on show until October 6th at the Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art in Prato (Viale della Repubblica, 277), follows a chronological itinerary that starts with the 60’s Clubs that for the first time transform the act of dancing in a collective ritual to be officiated in a fantasy world of lights, sounds and colors and ends nowadays day with the creation of new spaces for night entertainment such as the Ministry of Sound II in London, quintessence of the XXI century club, designed by the Dutch studio OMA, under the aegis of Rem Koolhaas. To complete the chronological structure of the exhibition, Konstantin Grcic, who curated the exhibition design, and Matthias Singer, who was in charge of the lighting, created a luminous musical installation, a silent disc that catapults visitors into the eventful history of the clubbing culture. A selected collection of record covers, including drawings by Peter Saville for Factory Records or the emblematic cover of Grace Jones’ Nightclubbing album, finally underline the important relationships between music and graphics in history from 1960 to today.
Above: Grace Jones, one of the Nighclubbin’s Icons of the ’80.