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Annie Lennox Comes To The Lowry

Salford has sweet dreams of the iconic Scot

Published on February 17th 2012.


Annie Lennox Comes To The Lowry

A TOURING exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, with additional content curated by Annie Lennox and The Lowry, is on its way.

The exhibition explores the music, image and vision of one of the most successful female artists in UK music history.  

At the heart of the exhibition is an installation created by the V&A and Annie Lennox, with The Lowry collaborating further with Annie to create significant, and exclusive additional content.

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New exhibits include a Cabinet of Curiosities and personal treasures curated by Annie Lennox, an immersive lyrics space, an extensive display dedicated to her collection of music awards from around the world, as well as photographs and costumes never exhibited before, including the dress Annie wore at The Freddy Mercury tribute concert when she performed 'Under Pressure' with David Bowie.

Curated by Annie herself, the Cabinet of Curiosities will show treasures from her life and career, providing an insight into objects she loves and has collected over the years.

The Lowry Galleries will also feature an immersive ‘lyrics space’ where visitors can explore the prose from Annie’s most famous songs from her musical career.

One of the world's best-selling music artists, Annie Lennox has sold over 80 million records worldwide and won over 100 awards for her music. The Lowry will display many of these framed gold, silver and platinum discs embracing her entire musical career with The Tourists, Eurythmics and her solo work.

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Extra photographic material as well as additional costumes will feature in The Lowry exhibition such as the Savage dress worn in The Eurythmics’ 'I Need a Man' music video.

At the heart of the exhibition is the installation originally devised for the V&A and designed around the concept of a ‘House’, providing a visual journey through different facets of Lennox’s creativity. Objects on show will include accessories and costumes, such as the Union Jack suit worn at the 1999 Brit Awards, and the sequinned evening dress worn in the Little Bird music video.

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There will be handwritten lyrics, music manuscripts, personal treasures and a selection of awards ranging from the GRAMMYs to an Oscar. Ephemera from the political causes Lennox has championed such as the SING campaign for HIV/AIDS awareness will also be on display. 

On working with the Lowry Annie said: "It's amazing to be able to transport The House of Annie Lennox up to Salford, and to have an opportunity to present a progression from the previous exhibition at the V & A."

This exhibition is presented as part of The Lowry’s performance related visual art programme, which explores performance practice in its broadest sense.

The House of Annie Lennox is a V&A Department of Theatre & Performance touring exhibition. It comes to the Lowry from
Sat 17 March–Sun 17 June 2012.

 

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Laura Dipple-JohnstoneFebruary 19th 2012.

Fantastic - Mother's Day treat sorted x

Christine LawleyMarch 30th 2012.

I was looking forward to this exhibition, having enjoyed the similarly - themed 'Kylie' one at Mosley Street a few years back, but came away feeling underwhelmed and disappointed . It epitomizes the Lady Lennox herself, really - self- concious, self indulgent and a bit faded round the edges.
Memo to all art curators - sundry personal items and old clothes have to be stunningly lit and presented, otherwise they look like, err, bric a brac and charity shop merchandise

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