Stranger Than Kindness: The Nick Cave Exhibition

23 March – 3 October 2020

Supported by main sponsor Gucci and the Danish Foundation Beckett-Fonden

Stranger Than Kindness: The Nick Cave Exhibition is a journey into the creative world of musician, storyteller and cultural icon Nick Cave. 

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 the 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 artefacts 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 The Royal Danish Library in cooperation with the Australian Music Vault at Arts Centre Melbourne. The soundscapes were composed and recorded for the exhibition by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. 

Address and hours:

The exhibition is shown at The Black Diamond, Søren Kierkegaards Plads, Copenhagen.

23.03.2020 - 03.10.2020

Monday-Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday closed


Ticket prices:

Standard: 90 DKR (12 Euros), Students: 75 DKR (10 Euros), Under 18: 15 DKR (2 Euros)


Entry time:

To visit the exhibition you have to book a specific entry time. Entry times are every 15 minutes. The last entry is 90 minutes before closing time.


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Exhibition image painted by Ben Smith

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