Stranger Than Kindness: The Nick Cave Exhibition

A journey into the creative world of musician, storyteller and cultural icon Nick Cave.

23 March 2020 - 3 October 2020 Coming Exhbition in the Black Diamond
Stranger Than KindnessPainting by Ben Smith

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

There will be an accompanying book Stranger Than Kindness, published by Canongate on 23 March 2020, priced £35. The book will also include a substantial essay by the acclaimed American writer Darcey Steinke.

Stranger Than Kindness: The Nick Cave Exhibition
The Black Diamond - Royal Danish Library
Søren Kierkegaards Plads, Copenhagen, Denmark

23 March – 3 October 2020
Monday-Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday closed

Ticket information
Advance booking advised, please visit
Tickets: 12 € (concessions available)

Nick Cave
Nick Cave has been performing music for more than forty years and is best known as the songwriter and lead singer of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, whose latest album Ghosteen was widely received as their best work ever. Cave’s body of work also covers a wider range of media and modes of expression including film score composition and writing of novels. His recent Conversations events and Red Hand Files website have seen Cave exploring deeper and more direct relationships with his fans.

Royal Danish Library
The Royal Danish Library holds one of Northern Europe’s largest collections of rare books, manuscripts and artists’ archives. The Black Diamond serves as a cultural venue for the Library offering exhibitions, talks, performances and concerts. The exhibition team, headed by Christina Back, has worked with international artists for more than a decade to explore spatial storytelling and multi-sensory exhibition design.

Australian Music Vault at Arts Centre Melbourne
Arts Centre Melbourne is the proud custodian of the Australian Performing Arts Collection, Australia’s largest and most important collection dedicated to the acquisition, preservation and interpretation of Australia’s circus, dance, music, opera and theatre heritage. In 2006 Nick Cave donated his archive to the Collection. The Australian Music Vault is developed by Arts Centre Melbourne to celebrate the Australian contemporary music story.

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Beckett-Fonden is a Danish foundation established 26 June 1989 by painter Paul Beckett and his wife Birte Beckett. Beckett-Fonden is a charitable non-commercial foundation, which offers support to art and culture, medical science and nature protection.

Exhibition image painted by Ben Smith.