Michael Jackson: The Official Exhibition
EXHIBITION TO MAKE ITS WORLD PREMIERE IN LONDON - Showcasing some of the most personal and iconic memorabilia from The King of Pop's extraordinary life, Michael Jackson: The Official Exhibition will celebrate his unparalleled career, opening for a limited run starting 28th October 2009 at The O2 Bubble.
The exhibit will chronicle Michael's rise to fame with The Jackson 5 at Motown Records, his record-breaking solo career as a global superstar, and end with the spectacular shows he had planned for The O2 arena before his untimely death. This extensive, never before seen collection will be exhibited across nine different themed galleries and include more than 250 objects.
Michael Jackson: The Official Exhibition will show for only three months at The O2 bubble. Tickets are priced £15.00 (£17.50 weekends) for adults, £12.00 (£14.50 weekends) for concessions, and will be available on 25 September on Ticketmaster (0844 847 1643), See Tickets, Seatem, HMV Shops nationally, or from www.michaeljacksonexhibition.co.uk. The London world premiere will be one of only three cities and the sole European engagement for the exhibition.
Michael Jackson: The Official Exhibition will include items that have never been seen up close by the public. Michael Jackson's estate has opened up his extensive archives from his homes, Neverland Ranch, concert collections and video vault to present more than 250 items, including awards, clothing items and a wide range of personal belongings. These include an original Jackson 5 contract, personally commissioned portraits, the largest publicly displayed collection of his iconic concert and video costumes, his personal Rolls Royce and the famous sequined glove.
The exhibition is divided into galleries that reflect specific milestones in Michael's life, including: Motown, his solo career, dancing, costumes, his humanitarian efforts and a celebration of his life.
The exhibition is organized by Arts and Exhibitions International (AEI), the company behind the blockbuster Tutankhamun and Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition, and curated by The GRAMMY Museum. The final two venues and dates will be announced in coming months.
"Michael Jackson: The Official Exhibition will let Michael's fans celebrate his life, artistry and humanitarian efforts in a way that respects and honours his legacy," said John Branca and John McClain, Co-Special Administrators for the Estate.
Robert Santelli, executive director of The GRAMMY Museum, said of this exhibition: "Michael Jackson was undeniably one of the most significant entertainers in music history. His unique blend of dance, fashion, showmanship, spectacle, and true musical genius marked a watershed moment in popular music, weaving together an intricate story that deserves to be told."