Black Sabbath will return to Birmingham with Major 50 Year Exhibition

Black Sabbath will return to Birmingham with Major 50 Year Exhibition

After an eight-year hiatus, Home of Metal will once again shine a light on the global phenomenon of Heavy Metal with a series of blockbuster exhibitions devoted to the music that was born in and around Birmingham. Music that turned up the volume, down-tuned the guitars, and introduced a whole new meaning to the word ‘heavy’.

From May to September 2019, exhibitions at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, The New Art Gallery Walsall, MAC (Midlands Art Centre) Eastside Projects, and Centrala, will join the dots between music, social history, visual art and fan cultures to produce a new perspective on metal. One that is celebratory, eschews notions of high/low culture, and joins audiences and performers together.

The flagship exhibition, Home of Metal: Black Sabbath – 50 Years, at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery from 22 June until 29 September, will capture Black Sabbath from the perspective of their fans, to show the impact and cultural legacy of the band as pioneers of Heavy Metal, and to celebrate this unique, significant part of British music heritage. This
show is being delivered in partnership with Birmingham Museums Trust.

Memorabilia, collections and personal stories will demonstrate the extraordinary scale and diversity of Black Sabbath’s international fan-base together with a vast photography collection of over 3,000 portraits of fans from across the globe.

Further pieces will also include iconic artefacts and treasured personal items on loan from the band members themselves, who comment:

“It’s an honour to be a part of the Home of Metal. I am just a guy from Birmingham who’s been blessed to have had such dedicated fans throughout my career. Like I’ve always said ‘I am nothing without them’.” Ozzy Osbourne

“Fans are our lifeblood, they’ve always been there to support us.”
Tony Iommi

“I’ve always maintained that Sabbath fans are the most loyal and honest and most independently minded of all. I thank each and everyone of them for their incredible support over the years.”
Geezer Butler

“You’re a Sabbath fan, and everything about you is beautiful and worthwhile. I’m so grateful to have played for you, and met you in the heart and soul of each song. Stay safe, be good to yourselves, and rock forever and ever.”
Bill Ward

Home of Metal will present four further exhibitions in partnership with organisations in and around Birmingham with works from artists: Alan Kane (UK), Ben Venom (US), Monster Chetwynd (UK), and Przemek Branas (Poland), that will demonstrate Heavy Metal’s reach
into all corners of culture through explorations of fantasy, chaos, performance and fandom.

Home of Metal’s series of blockbuster exhibitions will include Black Sabbath – 50 Years, (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery), Alan Kane: 4 Bed Detached Home of Metal (The New Art Gallery Walsall), Ben Venom (MAC – Midlands Art Centre) and Monster Chetwynd: Hell Mouth 3 (Eastside Projects), running at various time between May – September 2019

Tickets will be released in mid-March and can be pre-registered at

Main Image: Chris Hopkins, Photo by Katja Ogrin

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