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TWO DANCE MUSIC MUSEUMS TO OPEN IN GERMANY

Dance music gets academic, and it's about time!

Two museums dedicated to electronic music are scheduled to open in Germany by 2017. 

The first, titled MOMEM (The Museum of Modern Electronic Music), will open in Frankfurt in early 2017. The project is being funded, in part, by the city of Frankfurt, who will provide a free lease on the inner-city space. 

“Having experienced, followed and participated in this cultural movement in various forms since the beginning of the ‘80s, I was always confronted with the fact that this movement was way underestimated by most people—whether journalists, music critics, music industry or people from the art and culture scene,” said MOMEM cofounder, Alex Azary.

“We will present the development of electronic music since the late ‘70s, with all its genres and subgenres, the places where it happened, and where each style and sound was developed,” he says. “We don’t want to be a simply retrospective place; we want to be a place in the here and now, following and displaying current scenes as well as future developments. But as I mentioned before, we want to show more than just the musical development and the places and clubs where it happened, but the complete range of creative fields that were inspired, influenced and evolved from this club culture," he continued.

Dimitri Hegemann, founder of the legendary Tresor club and label, also plans to open a similar museum in Berlin in late 2016. It's just in time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Tresor, that has hosted the likes of Butch, Nina Kraviz, Sven Vath and many more over its two decade stint. 

MOMEM is currently in fundraising mode, speaking with potential private investors and looking for possible government grants, as well as on the look out for interesting artefacts for the museum's collection. Visit the official website here. 

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