Australia’s Family Jewels arrive in the USA!

Angus Young's AC/DC school uniform. Gift of Angus Young 1988. Performing Arts Collection.

Arts Centre Melbourne’s successful Icon Exhibition AC/DC: Australia’s Family Jewels, presented in partnership with the Western Australian Museum and in association with AC/DC, Albert Music and Sony Music, has just arrived at the second stop on its international tour – EMP Museum in Seattle!

The exhibition opened with a bang last week, and EMP Museum have shared some fantastic photographs of the opening party on their Flickr stream, which you can find here.

AC/DC: Australia’s Family Jewels attracted an incredible 415,000 visitors during its Australian display and is the first and only fully endorsed exhibition to bring to life the history, creativity and power of one of the world’s greatest bands.

The Australian tour, generously funded by Visions Australia, included the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Darwin and our touring partners the Western Australian Museum in Perth. WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the exhibition had been a huge success. “The exhibition has attracted more than 80,000 people to WAM, and what has been great has been the diversity of visitors – this is not just an exhibition for fans – although they, of course, love it – it is for anyone interested in contemporary music and musical culture in Australia.”

AC/DC: Australia’s Family Jewels
EMP Museum, Seattle, Washington
28 April – 29 September 2012

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Performing Arts Collection

Arts Centre Melbourne's Performing Arts Collection is the national leader among specialist performing arts collections in Australia. Established in 1975, it is formally recognised as a State collection and encompasses the history of circus, dance, music, opera and theatre. The Collection features over 640,000 items including costumes, designs, photographs, set models, puppets, props, posters, programs and archives.

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  1. […] Covering 200 years of performance history and consisting of approximately 510,000 items, housed in vaults under the grassy knoll between The Arts Centre spire and Hamer Hall, The Performing Arts Collection is highly significant, documenting our live performing arts history. Whilst the collection has been relatively unknown to date, its profile is growing through the passion and guidance of The Arts Centre Collections team and high-profile advocates such as Barry Humphries and Geoffrey Rush. In recent years the collections team have produced and toured highly successful exhibits celebrating some of our iconic artists such as Kylie, Nick Cave and AC/DC. […]

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