Album Cover Art & Photodesign by Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson on the road
Travelling exhibition through Germany and Europe
Currently on display: Küstenmuseum Wilhelmshaven
Opening 15. March 2019 with Aubrey Powell and John Colton (Browse Gallery)
could be coming to your city too …
Between 1968 and 1983 the legendary British arthouse Hipgnosis, founded by Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson (1944 – 2013), designed some of the most iconic album covers in music history. With their radical, often surreal image compositions and innovative photographic designs they influenced generations of photo designers and created images which transformed album cover design into art, admired and loved by millions of people all over the world: Atom Heart Mother, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals (Pink Floyd), Houses of the Holy (Led Zeppelin), Scratch (Peter Gabriel), How Dare You (10cc) oder Love Drive (Scorpions) – to name only a few of the approx. 350 covers which Hipgnosis designed.
To the advent of Hipgnosis 50th birthday Browse Gallery conceived the exhibition DARING TO DREAM. 50 Years of Hipgnosis, Album Cover Art & Photodesign by Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson. The exhibition consists of a series of large format prints of iconic Hipgnosis album covers and a number of black & white photo portraits of cult rock bands like the Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Paul McCartney and the Wings etc.. Some of these photographs have never been exhibited before. Captions in German and English language privide bits of the stories behind the creation of the images. The unique Hipgnosis works assembled in the exhibition are also on offer to the public in signed and limited editions of high quality silk screen and Fine Art prints.
In the following short video, produced by film maker and photographer John G. Moore you will get an idea about the look and the size of the exhibition.
History – Berlin premiere at EMOP 2018
The exhibition, curated by John Colton and Emily Smeaton in cooperation with Aubrey Powell, was presented as one of the most important shows of European Month of Photography Berlin 2018. It premiered in Berlin 29 September 2018 with an opening attended by Aubrey Powell: Impressions from the opening in Berlin 29.9./30.9.2018
After a fantastic opening weekend with hundreds of people enjoying the exhibition and presence of the artist, Aubrey signing books and talking about Hipgnosis and the partnership with Storm Thorgerson after the film screening of Roddy Bogawa’s “Taken by Storm” the exhibition received after a huge and appreciative media coverage and drew large crowds of visitors continuously.
Among the extensive media coverage of the exhibition there was a Deutsche Welle TV report in English which you can still find online here: https://www.dw.com/en/creative-album-cover-art/av-45679188
Enthusiastic responses, word of mouth and personal recommendations by exhibition visitors in social media have done their bit to fuel the overwhelming public interest. Around 15.000 people came to see the show in Berlin until it closed (after an extension of the planned showing tome) on November 11.
DARING TO DREAM – HIPGNOSIS exhibition on tour
Decision makers of two cultural institutions, Kulturbäckerei Lüneburg and Küstenmuseum Wilhelmshaven saw the Berlin show and set their minds on bringing the Hipgnosis exhibition to their cities. On January 19 it opened in Lüneburg and was met again with an overwhelming response by the public – again around 15.000 thousand of people saw the exhibition until its closure at Feb. 24.
On March 16. the exhibition opened at Küstenmuseum in Wilhelmshaven, again attended by Aubrey Powell, more than 200 visitors and accompanied by a concert of the Pink Floyd tribute band Speak to Me. Impressions from the opening in Wilhelmshaven you can see in this short newspaper video.
“In rock ‘n’ roll many things are possible, if only you have the balls”, says Aubrey Powell about Hipgnosis creative work and collaboration with their client bands:
You can make great things possible too. Treat yourself and your audiences to the deep experience and pleasure of meeting the power of their ideas and and the emotional links grown between these ideas, the music they are associated to and the many moments marked by them in our collective cultural biographies.
DARING TO DREAM coming to your city?
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