The Rock & Roll Public Library

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On the occasion of the 56th Biennale of Arts, opened in Venice the exhibition The Rock and Roll Public Library, site-specific installation of memorabilia collected over 40 years by the musician and producer Mick Jones, former guitarist of The Clash. Organized by Mick Jones himself, James Putnam and Lauren Jones (Alteria Art), the exhibition features some of the personal memorabilia of rock star previously stored in a warehouse in West London. The exhibition is arranged in three rooms on the ground floor at the Institute La Pietà, and is characterized by wall installations, a listening cabin 70s style, shop windows decorated with vivid collage, rare records.

Costumes and other punk clothing hanging from the ceiling. The final room is designed to recreate the living room of the same Mick Jones, giving an idea of how the store has materialized from his “vision”. Visitors will be able to interact with the repository from the perspective of the collector, as if they were in the house of a good friend: the physical interaction with the materials evokes memories and personal emotions in each visitor. “It ‘a personal history, culture and social of our time,” says Jones, “which extends from local to global.” The library stands as a testimony of pop music and pop art, seeking to fill “the gap between art and life.”This edition of the Rock and Roll Public Library is supported by Dr.Martens, with additional support from Les Inrockuptibles and London College of Fashion, UAL. The launch is kindly supported by The Hard Rock Cafe in Venice.

From 8 May to 22 November
Tuesday to Sunday 10: 00-18: 00
At: Istituto Santa Maria della Pieta, Calle de la Pieta, Castello 3701, Venice
Mail: info@therockandrollpubliclibrary.com
Web: The Rock & Roll Public Library

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