The House of Annie Lennox
Wednesday 14 March 2012
On Saturday 17th March a new Annie Lennox exhibition will open at The Lowry. The exhibition has been organised by the Victoria & Albert Museum, however it has been expanded to almost double the size of the original London show for its visit to the North.
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. There will be handwritten lyrics, music manuscripts, personal treasures and a selection of awards ranging from the GRAMMYs to an Oscar. Items from the political causes Lennox has championed such as the SING campaign for HIV/AIDS awareness will also be on display.
The exhibition will also feature numerous photographs, framed gold, silver and platinum discs showcasing the incredible sales achieved throughout her career as a solo artist and as a member of Eurythmics and The Tourists. There will also be video projections which have been arranged by Annie herself, various music videos and a selection of interviews which have been recorded at different points in her career and an original V&A film of Annie in conversation, examining her thoughts on song writing and the creative process.
For me, the most interesting part of this exhibition will be the “Cabinet of Curiosities”. This particular part has been curated by Annie and features personal items that she loves and has collected over the years. When items like this are displayed, I think that you get to know the person a little bit more - rather than just celebrity.
The exhibition runs until Sunday 17th June. Find out more.
Written by Andrew Roberts.