Where: Royal Ontario Museum
When: July 13, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Cost: It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection is a separately ticketed exhibition. For ticket info visit www.rom.on.ca
Details: On July 13, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) unveils the Canadian-exclusive presentation of It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection, with presenting sponsor Cosmo Music. This otherworldly exhibition features a trove of rare artwork and collectible objects amassed over decades by consummate collector Kirk Hammett, lead guitarist of Metallica. Exploring the interplay of creativity, emotion, and popular culture, the exhibition includes more than 100 pieces from 20th century cinema, ranging from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1921) to Alien (1979).
The exhibition features rare cinema posters from the 1920s to1980—including the only surviving copy of the original 1931 Frankenstein poster—as well as one-of-a-kind electric guitars from Kirk Hammett’s personal collection and authentic movie costumes with life-size mannequins. The exhibition traces how, decade by decade, horror and sci-fi cinema responded to a number of broad cultural events and developments. Each section of the exhibition uses poster art to convey underlying anxieties of particular eras, including the fear of mortality around the Great Depression of the1930s; scientific progress in the mid-20th century; the fear of invasion and espionage post-1945; and the rise of feminism in the 1960s.
It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection will next travel to Columbia Museum of Art, where it will be presented from February 13, 2020–May 17, 2020.