The flagship exhibition for this summer’s Home of Metal extravaganza across Birmingham and the West Midlands, Home of Metal: Black Sabbath – 50 Years, heads into its final weeks with tickets available to see this extraordinary celebration of the global birthplace of heavy metal culture before it closes on 29 September 2019.
Created by Home of Metal, in collaboration with the band, and designer Morag Myerscough, one of the UK’s most acclaimed designers, this huge exhibition tells the story of Black Sabbath’s unique cultural legacy as pioneers of the cultural phenomenon, Heavy Metal.
Bringing together over 1,000 items, including never-before-seen iconic artefacts and treasured personal pieces sourced direct from the band members, highlights include Ozzy Osbourne’s crucifix, Tony Iommi’s home studio and outfits worn on stage at some of the band’s most infamous shows.
Displayed alongside rare memorabilia, portraits and collections from the band’s devoted global fan base, including a recreation of super-fan Stephen Knowles’ living room, which is a homage to Black Sabbath, the biggest exhibition space outside of London is also displaying over 3,000 portraits of Black Sabbath fans from across the world, showcasing the incredible breadth and diversity of the band’s loyal followers, including from Botswana, Indonesia, Japan, Lebanon and Brazil.
With thousands of visitors attending the exhibition over the summer, dedicated fans and curious cultural audiences have travelled from countries as diverse and far as flung as Finland, Uruguay, France, Netherlands, Mexico, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Russia, Japan, Spain, Myanmar, USA, Malta, Greece and more, truly illustrating just how global the heavy metal phenomenon and influence is.
Home of Metal; Music Heritage, People and Place is a special symposium that takes place on Friday 13th September at Birmingham City University. The event is free to attend and will see fans, writers, academics and industry leaders talking about and debating Metal as the anchor for music heritage in the city, its global impact and the significance of the genre in creating and ecology and instilling community pride.
For more information see: www.homeofmetal.com.
“Black Sabbath – 50 Years is an exhibition that celebrates one of the most significant components of music heritage – one that has touched every part of the globe, but is totally rooted in Birmingham. The exhibition, and the Home of Metal project aren’t simply about reliving history – Heavy metal is contemporary, vibrant and as popular as it has ever been, with new generations of fans discovering Black Sabbath the world over and their pioneering sound continuing to inspire musicians today. Their music is a catalyst – to develop new forms of the genre. Our mission has always been to celebrate the band and get them the recognition they deserve as the founding fathers of such an important and influential cultural phenomenon. We are working towards a permanent Home of Metal, a place that celebrates our musical heritage but can be used to catalyse contemporary culture. It’s been heart warming to see visitors travel from all corners of the world for this exhibition, during these times of uncertainty, when the country, communities and people need to be unified by their passions, the project has brought people together.” – Lisa Meyer , Artistic Director, Home of Metal
Home of Metal: Black Sabbath – 50 Years runs at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery until 29 September.
The show is hosted in partnership with Birmingham Museums Trust.
Tickets are available at: www.homeofmetal.com.
The show forms part of a season of exhibitions, which celebrate Birmingham and the Black Country as the birthplace of Heavy Metal. Partnered with organisations in and around Birmingham, including New Art Gallery Walsall and MAC, this summer’s Home of Metal programme has also featured exhibitions and artworks from acclaimed artists including Alan Kane (UK), Ben Venom (US), Monster Chetwynd (UK), and Przemek Branas (Poland)