The exhibition, dedicated to the life journey of this impressive Australian born singer- songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional actor, was first presented at The Black Diamond in Copenhagen, and was developed and designed by Christina Back (Royal Danish library) and Janine Barrand (Arts Centre Melbourne). It was curated and produced by the Royal Danish library in collaboration with the Australian Music Vault at Arts Centre Melbourne.
The Montreal exhibition is presented and produced by Victor Shiffman (Workers of Art) as a co-production with Le Festival International de Jazz de Montreal and evenko.
Your visit will entail visiting eight thematic rooms filled with thousands of unique, personal objects belonging to the artist and his previous or current bandmates, which will offer avenues for reflection on the creative process of the artist, his obsessions, his major themes, his influences, his working methods and his archives.
The objects on display tell a story about the meaning we place on things, on experiences, and how they become imbued with spirituality. It is a celebration of artistic process, friendship, understanding and ultimately: LOVE .
Nina Simone’s Gum :
On Thursday 1 July, 1999, Dr Nina Simone gave a rare performance as part of Nick Cave’s meltdown performance. After the show, in a state of awe, band member Warren Ellis crept onto the stage, took Dr Simone’s piece of chewed gum from the piano, wrapped it in her stage towel and put it in a Tower Records bag. The gum remained with him for twenty years; a sacred totem, his creative muse, growing in significance with every passing year.
In 2019, Cave – his collaborator and great friend – asked Warren if there was anything he could contribute to display in his Stranger than Kindness exhibition. Warren realised the time had come to release the gum. Together they agreed it should be housed in a glass case like a holy relic. Worrying the gum would be damaged or lost, Warren decided to first have it cast in silver and gold, sparking a chain of events that no one could have predicted, one that would take him back to his childhood and his relationship to found objects.
#NinaSimonesGum is a brilliant example of how something so small can have the power to form beautiful connections between people and set the ball rolling for numerous projects !
The exhibition opens to the public from April 8th to August 7th, 2022 at the Galerie de la Maison du Festival, located on the 2nd floor of L’Astral in the Quartier des spectacles.
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