February 8, 2018
For those of you who didn’t join us for the opening of Guitars Of The Stars, I can tell you it went really well. As you all know, there are no guarantees of the outcome of any creative work. You can only do what feels good for yourself and hope that others will enjoy it to. And of course, as always, do the absolute best you can.
Claes “Clabbe” af Geijerstam is the owner of the 50 guitars on display in the exhibition but also guest curator of the exhibition Guitars Of The Stars. He did such an amazing job and together with the rest of the team we can say that we are really proud of the exhibition.
We are now currently walking down the stairs every day to our new exhibition room, there is an elevator, but I still want to go down the stairs instead just to hear the sound of the guitar clips in the screens and see the beautiful handcrafted guitars. It’s a big inspiration everyday. I’m also still struggling with the few chords I have learned on my own lovely Fender Squire that I got as a gift from Guitars the Museum in Umeå.
As I wrote earlier, we are working hard on the new big permanent exhibition opening in May. I’m so thrilled with doing this since it has been a request from our visitors since we opened the museum back in -13.
My future plans as we speak is that after May I need to go in to our warehouse and totally dig myself down in to all the fan items we have got from so many of you during these 5 years. They need sorting and to get into our archive lists. Absolutely amazing with all the hearty collected items and it really triggers me to maybe start planning for a “Wall of Fans”-exhibition. Here we can show everything from big oil paintings of ABBA to knitted trousers for Agnethas baby boy or just all these amazing stories that originates from the music of ABBA. Let me know if you think it’s a good idea.
More good news is that there now is a ABBA The Museum Foundation. This way both the former members of ABBA, their friends, old colleagues and fans etc can donate their items to the foundation so that we sooner or later will own all our items to display in the museum.
Sad news is that Frida and Bennys hairdresser from the 1970thies Elisabeth Hofstedt recently passed away in a heart failure. I got to know Elisabeth when she came with us on tour 1979 in the US. Photos of her and her hairdressers stuff is in the museums display of the “Dressingroom”. RIP Elisabeth.
Finally, we would love you to help me and the museum to scan the market for more ABBA items. I know there are original costumes and other related stuff still out there and we would love to have it to place another piece of the puzzle about the life and work of ABBA and after 1982 as well.
All the best for now,
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