An exhibition about one of Sweden’s famous, non-furniture, exports will open at the O2 Arena in Greenwich in December.
ABBA: Super Troupers The Exhibition brings to life the world of the chart-topping Swedish pop sensation in a visitor experience that charts their music, lyrics, creative process and influence as one of the biggest bands of the modern age.
The exhibition has been curated by Jude Kelly, former artistic director at The Southbank Centre, and approved by ABBA.
ABBA burst on to the UK music scene with a win on April 6, 1974 at the Eurovision Song Contest at the Brighton Dome, introducing the irresistible song that would become their first UK chart-topper – Waterloo.
ABBA: Super Troupers The Exhibition examines ABBA’s rise to global superstardom through a series of atmospheric rooms, exploring each of ABBA’s eight multimillion-selling albums, alongside the band’s personal and public journey.
Throughout, an audio guide will give context to the developments of the decade, highlighting the global news events and musical soundtrack that defined the era.
The experience will contain objects from ABBA The Museum and other archives, some of which have not previously been on display in the UK.
The exhibition will include a look at the lives of the band, pre-ABBA, displaying personal items from each musician’s youth including Björn Ulvaeus’s school report, his military book and photographs from his time in service, and pictures of a 13-year-old Frida Lyngstad in a jazz band as a beatnik teenager.
ABBA’s Frida said: “We are delighted to support ABBA: Super Troupers The Exhibition at The O2 following the overwhelming response to our earlier exhibitions in London.
“From our Eurovision Song Contest win in Brighton in 1974 to the present day, the UK has long held a special place in ABBA’s heart, and we have always strongly felt the love and support of our British fans.
“It’s with celebration that we work with Jude Kelly towards this major exhibition and can’t wait for fans to discover a host of surprises in December.”
For more information, go to https://www.theo2.co.uk/events/detail/super-troupers