June 22 – September 1
Fort Napoleon - Ostend
As a kid we would spend lots of time in record stores, flipping through albums, often judging compact discs on their album artwork (and lets be honest, nowadays with iTunes, Spotify & blogs we often have other influences, and the artwork sometimes becomes secondary). From time to time we would bump into something extraordinary, taking it home as we were curious to find out what sounds were hiding behind the cover. We walked home with a Pink Floyd best of/compilation once, which featured artwork by Storm Thorgerson (we would find out years later), an English graphic designer who als made artwork for several other great bands our musical history has to offer.
Thorgerson worked for the likes of Pink Floyd (his most famous/legendary sleeves we reckon), Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, The Cranberries, Muse, The Offspring, Ween, Audioslave, The Mars Volta & more recently Belgian electronic sensation Goose, The Wombats, … And it is often said that his designs are notable due to their surreal elements as he often places objects out of their traditional contexts, especially with vast spaces around them, to give them an awkward appearance while highlighting their beauty.
Storm Thorgerson can therefore be considered as one the world’s most legendary album cover designers. And now, for the first time, he will show his work in Belgium as the A&Gallery which opens its doors in Oostende. They will close their Ghent gallery for summer and open up shop in Fort Napoleon (Ostend), a huge fortress which was commanded by Napoleon in 1810.
Sound like a great setting and we hope to see his work firsthand. In the meantime, if you are interested in finding out more about all of Storm’s sleeves, there’s a short audio slideshow put together by the BBC a couple of years ago.
Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
Genesis - The Lamb Lies down On Broadway
Scorpions - Lovedrive
The Mars Volta - Deloused
Goose - Synrise
Pendulum - Island
Pink Floyd - Animals
Anthrax - Stomp
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
LOCATION: Fort Napoleon Vuurtorenweg - 8400 Oostende