Stranger Than Kindness: The Nick Cave Exhibition will now open on 8 June, following a 2 month postponement due to coronavirus restrictions. To ensure as many guests as possible are able to visit the exhibition, the exhibition period has been extended until 13 February 2021.

Stranger Than Kindness: The Nick Cave Exhibition is a journey into the creative world of musician, storyteller and cultural icon Nick Cave.

The exhibition brings together large scale installations and original atmospheric soundscapes with more than 300 objects from Cave’s own collection, the Nick Cave archive at Arts Centre Melbourne, the collections of Royal Danish Library and a number of private lenders.

It presents more than 50 years of Cave’s life, work and inspiration in a spatial, multi-sensory exploration of his many real and imagined universes. Pieces including original artwork, handwritten lyrics, literature, photography, videos, set designs, and collected personal artefacts are shown in a shifting, immersive narrative across eight rooms.
Stranger Than Kindness explores what shapes our lives and makes us who we are, and celebrates the curiosity and power of the creative spirit.

The exhibition was developed and designed by Christina Back, Royal Danish Library and Janine Barrand, Arts Centre Melbourne in collaboration with Nick Cave for the Black Diamond, Copenhagen. It was curated and produced by Royal Danish Library in collaboration with the Australian Music Vault at Arts Centre Melbourne. The soundscapes were composed and recorded for the exhibition by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.

The accompanying book Stranger Than Kindness, a Sunday Times bestseller, was published by Canongate on 23 March 2020. The book was developed and curated by Nick Cave in collaboration with Christina Back and features full colour reproductions of original artwork, handwritten lyrics, photographs and collected personal artefacts along with commentary and meditations from Nick Cave, Janine Barrand and a substantial essay by the acclaimed American writer Darcey Steinke.

Stranger Than Kindness: The Nick Cave Exhibition is shown at
The Black Diamond - Royal Danish Library
Søren Kierkegaards Plads, Copenhagen, Denmark

8 June 2020 – 13 February 2021
Monday-Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday closed

Ticket information
Advance booking advised, please visit
Tickets: 12 € (concessions available)
Vouchers already purchased remain valid

Reduced capacity - To ensure the comfort and safety of our guests, entrance to the exhibition is based on pre-booked timeslots and the hourly capacity has been reduced well below the maximum allowed for the space.
Extended time - The original exhibition period has been extended several months to allow as many guests outside of Denmark to be able to visit.