Sweet Harmony: Rave | Today

An immersive retrospective exhibition devoted to presenting a revolutionary survey of rave culture through the voices and lenses of those who experienced it. Saatchi Gallery announces Sweet Harmony: Rave | Today.

 
Dave Swindells The Future (1988) Photograph © Dave Swindells, 1988 Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London

Dave Swindells The Future (1988) Photograph © Dave Swindells, 1988
Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London

 

The exhibition, which opens 12 July 2019, will recapture the new world that emerged from the acid house scene and narrates the ascendancy of rave culture with the youth of today.

 
I am delighted to showcase a timeline history of the UK rave scene - how it arrived, how it exported, and morphed across Europe and beyond. The exhibition will champion authentic commentators from past and present and re-position revered artists closely linked to the story. It will examine the ways electronic music has connected people from all walks of life, at a key moment in our history where we need to come together.
— Philly Adams, Saatchi Gallery’s Director
 
Dave Swindells Gary Haisman at Love (1988) Photograph © Dave Swindells, 1988 Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London

Dave Swindells Gary Haisman at Love (1988) Photograph © Dave Swindells, 1988
Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London

Dave Swindells Shoom at FC Sacha Souter (1988) Photograph © Dave Swindells, 1988 Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London

Dave Swindells Shoom at FC Sacha Souter (1988) Photograph © Dave Swindells, 1988
Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London

Dave Swindells Tribal Dance Joe Bloggs + Baseball cap (1990) Photograph © Dave Swindells, 1990  Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London

Dave Swindells Tribal Dance Joe Bloggs + Baseball cap (1990) Photograph © Dave Swindells, 1990
Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London

 

The acid house revolution will be charted through typographic accounts, photo stories, live music events, talks and panel discussions by the movements’ architects and influencers. By reliving the revolution through the voices and lenses of those who experienced it, Sweet Harmony will portray the new world that emerged from the club scene of the 80s and 90s.

 
Derek Ridgers Spiral Tribe (1993) Photograph © Derek Ridgers, 1993 Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London

Derek Ridgers Spiral Tribe (1993) Photograph © Derek Ridgers, 1993
Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London

 

Headlining the experience are the artists and observers who captured and archived the atmosphere surrounding one of the biggest countercultural movements of the twentieth century, including photographers Tom Hunter, Vinca Petersen, Ted Polhemus, Dave Swindells and Mattko. Visitors of Sweet Harmony are invited to step into the glory days of rave culture and immerse themselves in the visually stimulating recollections, accompanied by Spotify curated playlists by music personalities related to the sub-genres of Detroit Techno, Acid House, Happy Hardcore, UK Garage, and Grime.

Sweet Harmony: Rave | Today
Saatchi Gallery, King’s Road, London
12 July until 14 September 2019