Stranger Than Kindness: The Nick Cave Exhibition is a journey into the creative world of musician, storyteller and cultural icon Nick Cave, supported by main sponsor Gucci and the Danish foundation Beckett-Fonden.

The exhibition brings together large scale installations and original atmospheric soundscapes with more than 300 objects from Cave’s own collection, the Nick Cave archive at Arts Centre Melbourne, the collections of Royal Danish Library and a number of private lenders.

It presents more than 50 years of Cave’s life, work and inspiration in a spatial, multi-sensory exploration of his many real and imagined universes. Pieces including original artwork, handwritten lyrics, literature, photography, videos, set designs, and collected personal artifacts are shown in a shifting, immersive narrative across eight rooms.

Stranger Than Kindness explores what shapes our lives and makes us who we are, and celebrates the curiosity and power of the creative spirit.

The exhibition was developed and designed by Christina Back, Royal Danish Library and Janine Barrand, Arts Centre Melbourne in collaboration with Nick Cave for The Black Diamond, Copenhagen. It was curated and produced by Royal Danish Library in collaboration with the Australian Music Vault at Arts Centre Melbourne. The soundscapes were composed and recorded for the exhibition by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.

There will be an accompanying book Stranger Than Kindness, published by Canongate on 23 March 2020, priced £35. The book will also include a substantial essay by the acclaimed American writer Darcey Steinke.

The Black Diamond, Copenhagen
23 March – 3 October 2020