The house in Macclesfield is being turned into a Joy Division museum
Hadar Goldman, the man who paid £190,000 for Ian Curtis’ house earlier this year, has called Joy Division “The modern Rembrandt”.
In February of this year it was reported that campaigners were seeking to raise £115,000 for the two-bedroom property at 77 Barton Street, Macclesfield, after it was put on the market.
Goldman, an entrepreneur and classically trained musician, purchased the property at its asking price of £115,000, plus £75,000 in compensation and legal fees.
“Although I paid £190,000 – nearly double the asking price – I felt as if I had to get involved,” he said, “especially after hearing the plight of the fans who had failed to raise the necessary funds to buy the house owned and lived in by one of the musical heroes of my youth. Joy Division left a musical legacy which has influenced many of today’s bands.”
Speaking about his purchase of the property in an interview with The Guardian today, Goldman said, “It was, I imagine, for my personal ego. Some people would pay for a Rembrandt painting; for me, Joy Division is the modern Rembrandt.”
Goldman also discussed the transformation of the house into a museum, saying that it has a “raw energy”. He revealed that, as well as being a Joy Division museum, it will be a “digital hub” which will support artists all over the world.
Former members of Joy Division have reacted to the news in different ways. Peter Hook has given the project his blessing, but Bernard Sumner is concerned it might become a “monument to suicide” because Curtis was found dead in its kitchen.
Goldman said, “Years pass. We are left with great art, great music. And super-positive energy. There is nothing spooky about it. I would like to take it to a place where it is like a little sun [for] energy projection.” He said he would be opening up the kitchen to the public because “you create demand by forbidding stuff.”
The entrepreneur is currently applying for council permits and trying to set up a board of directors for the museum. He also discussed plans to start a fund for local artists.