Current Exhibitions

Forbidden Music: X-Ray Audio in the USSR, 1946 - 1964

Forbidden Music: X-Ray Audio in the USSR, 1946 - 1964 

Between the 1940s and the 1960s, music lovers in the USSR illegally reproduced popular records of censored music—jazz and Western rock n' roll, immigrant music and prisoners’ songs—copying them onto hospital X-ray transparencies. In addition to these, the exhibition also features recent films that examine the relations of music, censorship and cultural freedom—in the USSR as well as in Mali, Cambodia, Iran and the Middle East.


Opening night X-Ray Audio Cabaret and X-ray record production demonstration 11.1—20:00


Thursday 11 January 2018


Saturday 12 May 2018


The Agnes and Beny Steinmetz Wing for Architecture and Design Galleries 1 & 2, Herta and Paul Amir Building


Stephen Coates, Paul Heartfield Curators in charge: Meira Yagid, Maya Vinitsky

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  • Home Made Soviet Recording Lathe
  • ”Rock Around the Clock“ (1955)