Aberdeen Art Gallery’s major summer exhibition which celebrates one of the world’s most renowned performers, Annie Lennox, opens on Saturday [7 July 2012].
The House of Annie Lennox pays tribute to the creativity, style and passion for life of the Aberdeen-born artist.
This touring exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, features costumes and accessories worn by Lennox together with photographs, personal treasures and awards, ephemera from the political campaigns she has championed, music videos and a specially commissioned video of Lennox in conversation.
Aberdeen Art Gallery is the first Scottish venue for this major exhibition and will feature exclusive new content curated by Annie Lennox in partnership with gallery staff including memorabilia from her musical beginnings in the city, family photographs and a piece specially written by her for the exhibition.
Annie Lennox said: “I’m delighted to be presenting The House of Annie Lennox in Aberdeen. I used to regularly visit the gallery as a teenager, and found it to be a place of beauty and inspiration. It feels like coming full circle to be actually holding an exhibition here myself, over forty years later. I very much hope that people get a better sense of my life as an Artist and communicator, and can derive a similar sense of inspiration that I enjoyed from my visits there.”
Christine Rew, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums manager added: “We are delighted to host the only Scottish presentation of the The House of Annie Lennox. Growing up in the city Annie was a frequent visitor to the art gallery and we are delighted that she has lent additional material for the Aberdeen showing. The exhibition illustrates her vitality and passion for life. It’s a wonderful opportunity for the gallery and our visitors to pay tribute to her amazing career as singer, songwriter and campaigner, who has transformed the status of a generation of female performers.”