‘Revolutions: Records And Rebels’ Immersive Exhibition Brings Counterculture To The Melbourne Museum

‘Revolutions: Records And Rebels’ Immersive Exhibition Brings Counterculture To The Melbourne Museum

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Revolutions: Records and Rebels Exhibition. Image courtesy of Museums Victoria. 

Melbourne Museum brings the internationally acclaimed exhibition Revolutions: Records and Rebels exhibition exclusively to Australia, exploring the momentous events of the late 1960s that have invariably shaped the modern world. Tickets to this major exhibition, showing until August 25 at the Melbourne Museum are now on sale now - HERE.  

Check out the rockin' promo video below:

Originating from the world’s leading museum of art and design, Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, Revolutions: Records and Rebels investigates the way youth culture and collective action catalysed seismic shifts in the Western world across a revolutionary five-year period, from 1966 – 70. The rise of counterculture, anti-establishment, punk rebellion and pop superstardom shaped a generation lead by a collective passion for progress.

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Image courtesy of Museums Victoria. 

More than 500 objects from the V&A and Museum Victoria's own collection alongside significant international loans will immersively guide visitors through the events, music, voices and technological advancements that defined the cultural and political vanguard of the period: Fashion, art, the pop-scene of Swinging London, anti-Vietnam War protests, the fight for civil rights, recognition of Australia's First Peoples in the 1967 referendum, revolutionary cultural milestones like Woodstock and Sunbury – all in one place for a profound retrospective overview of cultural history.

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Image courtesy of Museums Victoria. 

Highlights on display include: John Lennon’s iconic glasses, the suit worn on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the original illustration of the Beatles’ "Revolutions" artwork and handwritten lyrics for "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"; Mick Jagger’s signature stage costume and a guitar smashed on stage by The Who’s Pete Townsend.

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Co-curator, Victoria Broackes says: “The exhibition was not conceived as a trip down memory lane but looking back fifty years since the events framed in the exhibition took place, reveals the importance of that revolutionary period to our lives today. Amidst political turmoil, many of the freedoms so hard won in the 60s are being challenged anew across the Western world (and beyond), so it is timely to look back at this period and reflect on the sort of world we want to live in today and to create for ourselves tomorrow."

"So many of the freedoms that we take for granted today came about because of the rebels and rule-breakers from previous generations," comments Museums Victoria CEO and Director, Lynley Crosswell. "Revolutions: Records and Rebels continues Museums Victoria’s commitment to presenting world-class exhibitions. By connecting audiences with this brief, iconoclastic period in our recent past, we hope to inspire them to consider the role they might play in shaping our future."

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Image courtesy of Museums Victoria. 

Throughout the exhibition, music will be played through Sennheiser headsets that use innovative audio guide technology to adapts the sound to the visitor’s position in the gallery. From Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are a-Changin'" to The Who’s "My Generation" to Jimi Hendrix live at Woodstock, sound will be integrated with video and moving image, including interviews with key figures from the period, psychedelic light shows and seminal films. It’s a full-blown, futuristic, fully-immersive, dramatic audiovisual experience not to be missed!

Revolutions: Records and Rebels offers an unmissable chance to traverse the foundations of the past that have shaped our present. In the words of Hunter S. Thompson: “Buy the ticket, take the ride.”


Melbourne Museum, Victoria

April 27 - August 25 | | Tickets on sale HERE.

Presented in partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum & Sennheiser.

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