In the spring of 2011, MGMT was approached by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York to create a wholly unique live music experience in conjunction with the Maurizio Cattelan retrospective All, which opened that autumn. The group performed the original music at the Nov. 10, 2011 private opening, and again the following night for the public debut. Titled 11-11-11 in honor of that date, the music will finally be released on all streaming platforms on 11-11-22, the 11th anniversary of the hour-long, one-off concerts.
At the time, the duo of Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser approached the music as a reaction to Cattelan’s art, 130 pieces of which were suspended en masse from the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim rotunda in a provocative, site-specific installation. With the collection on view from the rotunda floor and from varying heights of the museum ramps, the exhibition offered a dramatic setting for guests.
“We’re creating a musical experience that works for the building and for the construction and presentation of the Cattelan exhibit,” MGMT said at the time. “It’s an art exhibit done in a completely original way, so it deserves music which is completely original.”
A pre-order begins today on a limited edition direct to consumer vinyl release – both standard black vinyl and colored vinyl – via whoismgmt.com. Consumers who pre-order the album will also receive a digital download of the live album on November 11th. The vinyl release will be available at retail in Spring 2023. Pre-order link HERE.
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