A new major immersive ABBA Exhibition about the band is due to open in London, UK in December 2017.
The Southbank Centre will host ABBA: Super Troupers. The exbition will recreate the band’s rise to fame and continued legacy as one of the world’s most-loved pop groups.
ABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972. Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad were the only members. They became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music. They topped the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982.
ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 at The Dome in Brighton, UK. This gave Sweden its first triumph in the contest. ABBA remain the most successful group to have ever taken part in the competition.
It will be set against the shifting social and political context of the time, when ABBA’s cheerful tunes lifted spirits during the financial crisis and wave of strikes in 1970s Britain.
Opening in December this year, it will include previously unseen archive material, original costumes, personal photographs, instruments and album artwork.
It will feature objects from Sweden’s ABBA The Museum and private archives, spanning from 1974 to 1982. A hotel room, music studio and a disco will act as theatrical backdrops to the displays to help set the scene.
ABBA member Frida Lyngstad said that they were “thrilled” about the exhibition, “which is just a few steps away from Waterloo – this connection brings to mind very happy memories of the song that started our great success in Britain.”
Fellow member Bjorn Ulvaeus said it would be “particularly interesting” to reexamine the songs “in the temporal context in which they were created.”
ABBA: Super Troupers, new major immersive ABBA Exhibition, opens on December 14 and will run until April 29, 2018, at the Southbank Centre; southbankcentre.co.uk.