It’s been just over a year since Prince, perhaps the world’s most mysterious and smallest rockstar, died at 57. By way of memorial, touring exhibition My Name Is Prince has debuted at London’s The O2, a venue close to the performer’s heart having been the scene of his 21 sold-out shows in 2007.
Following in the vein of David Bowie Is and the recent Pink Floyd show Their Mortal Remains, both at The V&A, My Name Is Prince collects costumes, instruments and artefacts from Prince’s career. This is your chance to see the Prince symbol on everything from a tambourine to a hand towel.
The exhibition is a little light in terms of information about Prince’s life (and death, though you can leave memorials to prince on a recreation of the fence around his Paisley Park compound) but it’s rare chance to peek into the Paisley Park archives for those unable to visit Prince’s Chanhassen, Minnesota estate. And that, curator Angie Marchesse said at the launch, is the point. “Visiting Paisley park is a way of saying goodbye, finding closure,” she said. “And this is a way of doing that for people who can’t make it there.”
Check out the exhibition in the pictures and video below. My Name Is Prince is at The O2 until January 7, 2018.
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