I'm having an art gallery opening in January and right now I'm going to be crafting a playlist for the event. Originally the plan was to create a playlist consisting of mostly hip hop because I live in an urban area and a big chunk of the people that will be attending listen to hip hop. But I want to expand the music genres within the playlist. I come to you guys in search of some good music for my gallery opening. I'm open to all kinds of musical suggestion there are no limits.
I made a list for a friend having a photoshoot. It went over pretty well, mainly because the photographer was seriously into hip-hop but was open to other stuff.
David Bowie's 1970s run (with the exception of Young Americans and Lodger) produced the GOAT art gallery music. Especially the instrumentals from the Berlin stuff.
Alternately, do Eno.
Having music playing in the background is extremely disruptive to the experience, and sounds like it would be disrespectful to the artists, who likely didn't intend to place their art in such a context.
playing hip hop is a terrible idea unless it is an exhibit of really amateur art.
play something that won't be a distraction but isn't completely ignorable
etc etc. classical music (chamber or solo piano) is probably your safest bet outside of playing nothing, which may be preferred depending on the context
All the people telling you that nothing should be played have probably never been to an opening. A gallery opening is much more of a social event than a place to experiente art. Its a place to talk to artists, critics, curators and meet people and estabilish contacts.