The life and work of Nick Cave, the iconic Australian musician, songwriter and author, will go on show at the National Library of Australia tomorrow, 15 August 2009.
Nick Cave – The Exhibition is on tour from the Arts Centre Melbourne and features hundreds of objects from the substantial collection donated by Nick Cave to the Arts Centre’s Performing Arts Collection.
The Director-General of the National Library, Jan Fullerton, said she believed the exhibition would appeal to a wide age range of visitors.
“Nick Cave has made an enormous contribution to music, both in Australia and overseas,” she said. “And for an institution like the National Library, where we have such an extensive music collection, we are delighted to be able to host such an important exhibition.”
Exhibition visitors will be invited to experience Nick Cave’s remarkable journey from Melbourne to London, Berlin to Sao Paulo, exploring the many phases of his successful career. Items on show include lyrics selected by Cave for the exhibition, his notebooks and diaries, a compilation of video images and photographs, books from his personal library and posters and flyers dating from the 1970s.
“This has been a revealing and rewarding experience,” Nick Cave said of the exhibition. “Much of this stuff has sat around in boxes for years and the process of ‘excavating’ it has been many things – moving, disturbing, inspiring and downright terrifying,” he said.
Exhibition curator Janine Barrand first travelled to Cave’s UK home in Brighton in 2003 to talk to the musician about staging such an exhibition.
“It has been great that Nick is so involved and interested in this exhibition, personally selecting the lyrics that are featured. This exhibition shows a side of Nick that is rarely seen.”
The exhibition tour is supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia.
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The Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave is published by Text Publishing on 3 August 2009. www.textpublishing.com.au