Nirvana exhibition marking 20-year anniversary in London
06 September 2011
September 2011 marks 20 years since the release of Nirvana’s seminal album Nevermind, the record that forever changed the course of music history. To celebrate this landmark occasion, London is to host a major exhibition, In Bloom: The Nirvana Nevermind Exhibition, celebrating the music and history of the Seattle grunge luminaries and highlighting the unique relationship this most influential of bands enjoyed with their UK fans.
In Bloom: The Nirvana Nevermind Exhibition will display an abundance of band memorabilia and other treasured artifacts, including a hoody worn by Kurt for a Melody Maker photoshoot, a piece of fret board from one of his guitars, rarely seen photographs from the likes of Steve Gullick, Steven Double and Martyn Goodacre, and a replica of the Paramount Stage set up, including a replicas of Kurt’s Fender guitar from Fender, and replica Krist’s Gibson bass, drums and t-shirts. There are also Nirvana lyrics, tour posters and an array of fan memorabilia and interactive displays, all capturing the teen spirit of the band and their classic album.
Released in September 1991, Nevermind elevated Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl from a critically acclaimed Aberdeen, Washington, cult band to generational spokesmen who'd unwittingly created a cultural shift and musical touchstone. Rising to No. 1 the world over by year's end and ultimately selling over 30 million copies worldwide, Nevermind would come to be much more than one of the most successful and influential albums of its or any era. As the album that returned unaffected rock ’n’ roll integrity and passion to the top of the charts, Nevermind would prove a singular inspiration to fans and musicians alike over the last two decades, and will undoubtedly do so for generations to come.
The exhibition will run for 2 weeks only from Tuesday 13th September to Sunday 25th September and will be held at The Loading Bay Gallery, Unit 4- 5, Dray Walk, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL.
On the 22nd September, there will be a special evening for Nirvana fans, limited to 100 people, featuring an album playback and Q&A session with a special guest panel. Tickets are £15.
Entry to In Bloom: The Nirvana Nevermind Exhibition is free of charge and open from 1.00pm until 7.00pm daily.
If you would like to see a photo of yourself in the Nirvana exhibition the organisers have set up an opportunity for fans to submit Nirvana related photos to Instagr.am. All you have to do is tag #Nirvana for possible inclusion in the exhibition. Click through to http://www.nirvanaexhibition.com/instagram/?page_id=75 for all the details.
Nirvana fans can also be part of a special #Hashtag Mosaic that has been launched online this week. The mosaic will be completed with thousands of fans photos soon. Add your profile pic from Facebook or Twitter to complete the iconic Nevermind album artwork by visiting https://apps.facebook.com/nevermindmosaic/
On the 26th September, Nirvana’s Nevermind album will receive a re-release worthy of such a pivotal classic, with configurations ranging from a 4-CD/1-DVD Super Deluxe Edition to a standard digital/CD re-master of the original album, the 20th anniversary reissue of Nevermind makes the most of the occasion, unearthing literally dozens of previously unreleased recordings, obscure B-sides, alternate mixes, radio sessions, studio rarities and live recordings, including a 1991 Halloween concert at Seattle's Paramount Theatre in it’s entirety.
Click below to watch the new video trailer for the Nevermind boxset.