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It might be due to Munich’s Haus der Kunst’s continued practice of curatorial courage, or to ECM’s unique record of sonic and aesthetic single-mindedness, but I can’t think of many, or any, record labels to be honoured with a major retrospective in one of Germany’s best museums for contemporary art without it raising any eyebrows, and deservedly so.

For more than 40 years, the jazz and classic label has been following a fairly unique and personal vision with a singular strength and determination that we also were witness to when we produced our issue #26 on label founder Manfred Eicher. Opening tomorrow, you can now dive into a treasure of recordings, album covers and ephemera – and what’s more, attend the extensive accompanying concert series. If you live in Munich, that is – because some people have all the luck.

ECM — A Cultural Archaeology
23.11.12 – 10.02.13

Haus der Kunst
Prinzregentenstraße 1
80538 Munich