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It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection @ Royal Ontario Museum

July 13, 2019, through January 5, 2020

Horror and sci-fi are among the most versatile, dynamic and enduring genres of cinema

It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Art Collection features rare cinema posters from the 1920s to1980 – – including the only surviving copy of the original 1931 Frankenstein poster – – as well as one-of-a-kind electric guitars from Kirk Hammett’s personal collection and authentic movie costumes with life-size mannequins.

The exhibition traces how, decade by decade, horror and sci-fi cinema responded to a number of broad cultural events and developments.

Each section of the exhibition uses poster art to convey underlying anxieties of particular eras, including the fear of mortality around the Great Depression of the1930s; scientific progress in the mid-20th century; the fear of invasion and espionage post-1945; and the rise of feminism in the 1960s.

I got into the business of collecting horror, which is really not a business at all, a long time ago. I think it’s become my midnight calling or maybe my lifetime obsession. I guess some would say obsession, some may say occupation and others would say it’s just plain insanity

says Kirk Hammett

It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection is a separately ticketed exhibition. ROM Members enjoy free admission and exclusive opportunities to experience ROM exhibitions and programs. 

Canada is a great country, Toronto is an amazing city, and I’m honored to be able to start crossing borders with my collection at the Royal Ontario Museum

Kirk Hammett

For ticket information, visit: https://www.rom.on.ca/en/exhibitions-galleries/exhibitions/its-alive-classic-horror-and-sci-fi-art-from-the-kirk-hammett-0

For ROM Membership details, visit: https://www.rom.on.ca/en/join-us/membership/become-a-member.

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