domingo, 25 de junio de 2017

Gallery for George: Behind the Scenes at the Opening Night

George Harrison in the gardens of Cliveden House, England, 1981
by Olivia Harrison

Gallery for George: Behind the Scenes at the Opening Night
Genesis Publications

A special exhibition celebrating George & one hundred Genesis editions

Above: Jeff Lynne, Anoushka and Sukanya Shankar, and Stella and Mary McCartney all joined Olivia and Dhani Harrison to celebrate the publication of George Harrison's I Me Mine – Genesis's 100th edition since 1974.

To celebrate the publication of I ME MINE and the launch of the I ME MINE LYRIC PRINT, Genesis hosted a 3-day pop up exhibition in London’s West End. 

Olivia Harrison co-hosted a dazzling opening party on Thursday 15th June, with guests including:  Dhani Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Stella and Mary McCartney, Sharleen Spiteri, Jools Holland, Woody Harrelson, Noel Fielding, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Twiggy, Penelope Tree, Anoushka and Sukanya Shankar.

The exhibition was open to the public from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th June. For three days, visitors from the UK and overseas gathered to see the exhibition of George’s handwritten lyrics, family photos, and a special display of Genesis limited editions

Above: Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Damon Hill were among guests at the private viewof George Harrison's handwritten song lyrics, one of which is available for Genesis subscribers to own as a framed facsimile.

Genesis staff were stationed throughout the Painting Rooms (formerly used for painting West End stage sets) and met with many subscribers, who in some cases had flown in especially.  The team were delighted to meet subscribers in person and to share stories about books and artists past and present. 

Above: Shown for the first time in London, Olivia Harrison's signed portrait of George in the gardens of Cliveden House was a focal point within the exhibition. 

Paul Mannion, who played George in the West End musical ‘Let It Be,’ performed a medley of Harrison songs at a reception for subscribers.

The gallery upstairs featured the largest ever display of Genesis prints to-date, featuring photography by Lew Allen, Shimpei Asai, Jim Marshall, Jerry Schatzberg, Ringo Starr, as well as artworks by Peter Blake, Yoko Ono, Klaus Voormann and Storm Thorgerson.

Above: Klaus Voormann is creating 250 handcrafted REVOLVER 50 collages. More than half have been reserved. To secure yours, visit

A large selection of Genesis editions were available to browse, including GOLDEN DREAMS, HAMBURG DAYS, TRAVELING WILBURYS and many visitors were drawn to the new CLASSIC HENDRIX, and had a chance to look through preview copies of upcoming titles: LOVE THAT BURNS, TRANSFORMER, and GENESIS 100.

Above: Twiggy and Noel Fielding joined guests exploring the full range of Genesis editions. The new CLASSIC HENDRIX was on display. Featuring a foreword by Eddie Kramer, Hendrix’s legendary recording engineer, Kramer has provided the new front cover image and is signing the last 450 copies in the edition.

Our thanks to everyone who was able to visit and helped to make it a truly special occasion. Further exhibitions and events are planned for more cities – please keep an eye on the Genesis website and newsletter to stay updated.

Above: A prototype of GENESIS 100 was shown for the first time. Many took the opportunity to dip into the accompanying 24-page booklet which reproduces rare items from the Genesis archives and tells the story of the company's founding and work over four decades.

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