In 2014, KRAFTWERK became the first German artists to be awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2021. In August, their only concert in Germany will take place this year in Karlsruhe.
The only Germany concert in 2023 also promises to be a unique show: While the four musicians of KRAFTWERK take up position on the balcony of Karlsruhe Castle, 16 high-performance beamers, which will already be set up for the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE, will project the multimedia show for the concert onto the 170-metre-wide castle façade.
In the interplay of music and performance art, KRAFTWERK will create a total work of art on and in front of Karlsruhe Castle. Excerpts oft he projection mapping of the KRAFTWERK concert will also be shown as an independent show during the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE, which begin the following week.
This unique project is the result of the long-standing artistic and friendly relationship between KRAFTWERK founder Ralf Hütter and Peter Weibel, the artistic and scientific director. Thus, the concert is also a dignified farewell to and for Peter Weibel, who passed away on 1 March 2023 after 24 years of formative work at the ZKM. Until shortly before his death, Peter Weibel and KRAFTWERK founder Ralf Hütter worked on the concept for this multimedia performance.
The KRAFTWERK project was founded in 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in their Kling-Klang-Studio in Düsseldorf.
KRAFTWERK last performed in Karlsruhe for the 25th anniversary of the ZKM in September 2014 - the three concerts in the ZKM Atriums were immediately sold out. KRAFTWERK were already guests at the opening of the ZKM in the Hallenbau on October 18, 1997.