Gucci is the main sponsor for the new Nick Cave exhibition Stranger Than Kindness alongside the Danish foundation Beckett-Fonden. The show will be an immersive insight into the world of the musician- who is no stranger to Gucci, often seen in a Gucci iteration of his black three-piece suit uniform from the steps of the Met Gala to onstage with his band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. The exhibition features original artwork, handwritten lyrics, personal artefacts, photographs and video across eight rooms, presenting a multitude of narratives to map out over 50 years of Cave's life. The exhibition will coincide with the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 2020 European tour and is to be accompanied by an illustrated autobiography.
Stranger Than Kindness promises to journey into the creative world of the musician, storyteller and cultural icon's world, exploring the different universes he creates across a variety of medium. The painterly exhibition poster hints at the surreal exploration of Nick Cave to come, as Cave sits in his characteristic black suit and unbuttoned white shirt with a smaller, younger version of himself sitting on his lap identified by his loose raven black hair. Perhaps hinting at the breadth of time the exhibition covers and the different versions of Cave that will be covered amongst large scale installations and soundscapes, this could also be a representation of the 'creative spirit' which the show promises to probe. In the poster, a slightly older Cave's right-hand holds a cloth to tidy a spilt black inkpot. Ink has splattered across a notebook- a revealing personal artefact hopefully included in the show amongst the 300 objects from Cave's personal collection. Items have also been pulled from the Nick Cave archive at Arts Centre Melbourne, private lenders and The Royal Danish Library.
Stranger Than Kindness: The Nick Cave Exhibition runs 23 March 2020- 3 October 2020 at The Black Diamond- The Royal Danish Library, Copenhagen, and is presented by The Royal Danish Library in partnership with Arts Centre Melbourne.