The story of an exhibition in the Danish city of Randers begins on the other side of the world. Jens Lind of Gobo & Highlight A/S, our friend and sponsor, was so enthused by his visit to Lightpower Collection’s Neal Preston exhibition in Las Vegas that he brought his friend Mikael Qvist Rørsted to our exhibition in Stockholm to judge for himself. Mikael is the Director of Værket, a concert hall and theatre in Randers. We were impressed by his passionate conviction that the exhibition should be brought to his home country. Thanks to the fantastic work being done at Værket, the 60,000 inhabitants of Randers can enjoy an impressive array of artists. Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, Simply Red, Texas and Tom Jones – these and many others have performed at Værket.
Now the venue is about to be augmented by a rock club going by the name of ‘Turbinen‘. What better way to inaugurate the club than with an exhibition of Neal Preston’s superlative images of the world’s greatest rock stars?
The images and videos are displayed in a space covering 250 square metres, divided over three floors. Some appear on our illuminated walls; others are seamlessly integrated into the stylish and typically Scandinavian décor of the club.
Over 100 guests were invited to the opening in early January, which was a great success. Neal Preston made a point of appearing in person, and signed books and posters for his fans. At an open session the following day, he recounted some great stories from his life as one of the few photographers to enjoy the privilege of coming face to face with famous rock stars. Such encounters form the material for Preston’s book, which is due to appear this year and will be published by R|A|P. See a small taster of his talk in this video.
During the course of three weeks, the exhibition attracted more than 3,000 visitors, with some people returning several times. It was highly rewarding, as Sys Christina Vestergaard, PR Manager at Værket and Turbinen, testifies. She could not have imagined a better début for the new rock club, which is now a great talking point thanks to the prestigious exhibition.
As usual, proceeds from the sale of fine art prints, books and posters will be donated to the ‘Behind the Scenes‘ charity.