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New attraction at ABBA The Museum

5 March, 2015

On Tuesday March 3rd (the 38th anniversary of ABBA’s legendary first concert in Sydney), ABBA The Museum unveiled its newest attraction.

Brand new life-sized silicone figures of ABBA, dressed in their famous costumes worn on the 1979/1980 concert tours in North America, Europe and Japan, are now on permanent display at the museum.

Reaction has been swift. Generally the figures are acknowledged as more realistic than the much-maligned wax figures that debuted at Madame Tussaud’s a few years ago (though I thought they looked fine when I saw them in Berlin two years ago).

And as can be expected fans are divided on these new figures, with many loving them and just as many complaining that they don’t look “exactly” like the individual ABBA members. Though some of them the resemblance is closest from some angles but not others. And in photographs that can be distorted by lights and lenses, you might not get the best view – they’re probably best seen in person, so to speak.

Personally, I think these figures look great. They don’t look like “ABBA on November 10th 1979”, but they do look like the public perception of ABBA. Being silicone, I wonder if the museum will change the costumes and display from time to time?

More information @ My News Desk

More photos @ ABBA The Museum on Facebook

 

“There will never be a musical reunion…”

18 December, 2012

Björn“There will never be a musical reunion … oh, I should say on stage, never a musical reunion”.

These words, uttered by Björn Ulvaeus in an interview last week announcing ABBA The Museum, have set off another wave of ABBA-reunion-fever among ABBA fan circles. He specifies there will be no on-stage reunion, so there must be some other form of reunion happening, such as a non-singing public appearance, a group interview, or neven a new recording, so the theory goes.

But of course, Björn means nothing of the sort. In the same interview he discusses the possibility of an ABBA appearance at the opening of the new museum: “I will have to give everyone (each group member) a preview and take it from there”. He has previously said that he has invited the other three to the opening, but does not know if they will attend.

Agnetha’s comments twelve months ago that it was not “impossible” for the four to do something again have fed the latest reunion fever. Because the infamously reclusive Agnetha said it, something will happen, according to the theory. But like Frida in so many interviews, she’s playing the media game. If she says “no, I don’t want to do anything with the other three”, there will be endless hounding from the world’s media. Hinting that some form of reunion could be possible diffuses the question, and it gets a lot of headlines.

Just as Björn is hinting  in last week’s interview (if you read between the lines), that there may be some sort of reunion for the museum opening. It gets a lot of media attention.

Maybe we’ll see all four at the opening of ABBA The Museum in May next year, just as we did for the Stockholm premiere of the Mamma Mia! movie in 2008. Maybe like so many other events since 2004 we’ll see one, but no more than two, ABBA members.

Source: A new museum for ABBA, but no stage reunion

ABBA The Museum and ABBA at Madame Tussauds

5 October, 2012

ABBA at Madame Tussaud'sThis week exciting news with two different ABBA exhibits.

The biggest news is the long-awaited announcement of the opening of ABBA The Museum (previously ABBAWORLD, previously ABBA The Museum) in Stockholm.

ABBA The Museum will be located in a new complex on Djurgården, near the Gröna Lund amusement park, Cirkus theatre and Skansen open-air museum. The complex will also house the Swedish Music Hall of Fame, Melody Hotel, restaurant and bar, and museum shop.

The museum is expected to hold many of the exhibits from the ABBAWORLD touring exhibition (as seen in London, Melbourne, Györ, Sydney and Prague), plus new exhibits. It will likely be smaller than the London version of ABBAWORLD, possibly the size of the Prague version. 

It is expected that ABBA The Museum will open in April or May 2013 – the date and ticket sales will be announced later this year. See the official website for more details, FAQ, and sign up for the free newsletter.

Also in news this week is the unveiling of the ABBA figures at Madame Tussauds in London (pictured above). It’s taken a long, long time for ABBA to be represented in the famous wax museum. After a residency in London it is expected the figures will appear at other Madame Tussauds locations around the world.

Fans have been commenting all week on forums everywhere, discussing the figures’ appearance, resemblance (or not)  to the ABBA members, the arrangement of the figures, the museum’s description of the figures’ costumes “in the unique style from their 1975 video for ‘SOS’”.

Regardless, it is a huge honour that ABBA will finally appear among a host of other music legends.

ABBA the Museum becomes ABBAWORLD

9 June, 2009

Touring Exhibitions

ABBA THE MUSEUM BECOMES ABBAWORLD

2009-06-02 15:00

The exhibition that will take the legendary Swedish pop group ABBA’s story on a world tour is changing its name from ABBA the Museum to ABBAWORLD.

Magnus Danielsson, president of Touring Exhibitions, the company behind the project, is confident that the new name and the new imagery will be welcomed. “ABBA is a global phenomenon and that is now reflected in both the content of the exhibition and the new name, ABBAWORLD,” he said. “ABBAWORLD will make it possible for fans of all generations and from all over the world to experience the music, memories and magic of ABBA through the innovative use of technology in sound, visuals and communications.”

The website, www.abbaworld.com, will be launched this summer and it will provide visitors with an appetiser for the exhibition.

“The site will make it possible for the audience to plan their visit, to record and play back selected interactive features such as dancing, singing and performing with ABBA, and to share their visit at ABBAWORLD with friends and family in a truly unique way,” said Danielsson. “We are working with some of the most talented people in the business to create a new platform for international, touring exhibitions which integrates seamlessly with the Internet.”

Görel Hanser, spokesperson and business manager of ABBA, commented: “The exhibition ABBAWORLD will ensure that the legacy of ABBA will live on, for old and new generations to experience far into the future.” The ABBAWORLD exhibition will have its world premiere in Europe later this year.

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ABBAWORLD

ABBAWORLD is a unique touring exhibition filled with music, original costumes, history, images, instruments and never-before-displayed memorabilia from the group’s recording and performing heyday. ABBAWORLD is an interactive experience featuring the latest technology in sound, visuals, multimedia and communications. It is the only exhibition of its kind, with memorabilia approved by ABBA. Most of the items have been supplied exclusively by the quartet: Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and Agnetha Fältskog.

ABBAWORLD – The Music * The Memories * The Magic

www.abbaworld.com (due September 1)

CORPORATE

Touring Exhibitions (TX) creates exhibition experiences for all audiences and is backed by Polar Music, the company behind ABBA´s original success and part of Universal Music Group, the world´s leading music company; Eventum Exhibitions, one of the leading event companies in Sweden with roots from Live Nation; Parks & Resorts Scandinavia, the largest amusement park company in Sweden; and Synergera Rättighetsförvaltning.

For more information:

www.touringX.com

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2009-06-02 15:00

ABBA in Pictures exhibition

5 March, 2009

ABBA in PicturesFans disappointed about the postponment of the opening of ABBA the Museum will be pleased to hear about a new exhibition, ABBA in Pictures, that opens in Stockholm in May.

ABBA in Pictures will be held at Gallerian shopping mall in central Stockholm from 15 May to 13 September 2009. Tickets will be available from 1 April or at the door.

The exhibition promises that “the visitor will physically enter the world of the stars and experience the ABBA story through hundreds of well-known and never-before-seen photographs” by photographers including Anders Hanser and Torbjörn Calvero.

For more information see the exhibition’s website.

UPDATE 9 MARCH: according to the Official International ABBA Fan Club, the exhibition has been cancelled due to “rights issues” but may go ahead at a later date.

2008 in review

1 January, 2009

Benny, Agnetha, Frida, Björn, Stockholm 4 July 2008 (fantasy photo, thanks to Raffem.com)2008 turned into one of the most phenomenal years in ABBA’s 36 year history, another peak in the ongoing ABBA revival.

Of course, this was mainly due to the film version of the musical based on the songs of ABBA, MAMMA MIA!

Following its premiere in London on 30 June, the movie became the number one film in many countries, even up against such blockbuster fare as the Batman sequel The Dark Knight. MAMMA MIA! has gone on to break box office records, becoming the highest-grossing film ever in the UK.

The movie divided critics and fans, but there’s no denying that it propelled ABBA back into the limelight. To date it has grossed more than US$570 million.

The Stockholm premiere of MAMMA MIA! on 4 July saw that rarest of events, the four former ABBA members at the same place at the same time. Agnetha and Frida danced together with actress Meryl Streep on the red carpet, and for the first time in over 22 years the four were photographed together, albeit alongside the film’s cast and crew. This disappointed many, but within hours Photoshopped pictures of “the ABBA reunion” (like the one above) were spread around the world.

The movie’s soundtrack CD was also a huge hit, topping the Billboard Album chart – the first ABBA-related album to top the US charts. The recently released DVD has already broken sales records in less than two months.

ABBA’s original recordings also made an impact this year, with the flagship compilation ABBA Gold topping the chart again in the UK, becoming the oldest number one album ever, and  it also topped the Billboard Pop Catalogue chart for the first time.

Other compilations including The Definitive Collection, Number Ones, 18 Hits and even the new box set ABBA – The Albums made chart appearances.

Updated versions of ABBA Gold, More ABBA Gold and the box set Thank You For The Music attracted new buyers, as did The Albums box set. A vinyl reissue of ABBA – The Album commemorated the 60th anniversary of the 12 inch 33⅓ rpm long-playing record.

Agnetha released a new double CD compilation of her Swedish and English solo songs, My Very Best.

Many unique ABBA books were released during the year, including ABBA & Me (a Dutch fan’s story), Historia de ABBA en ArgentinaMade in Suécia: o paraíso pop do ABBA (from Brazil), ABBA Let The Music Speak (a musician’s guide to ABBA), ABBA: The Scrapbook (a pictorial history), ABBA – The Story (the first full-length ABBA biography in Swedish, also in Norwegian and Danish versions), plus an updated version of the definitive English biography Bright Lights Dark Shadows.

Stig Anderson’s daughter Marie Ledin wrote a memoir of her father, Min pappa hette Stikkan. Benny denounced the anticipated tell-all, but in reality it was a loving tribute without the expected salacious gossip about the split between Stig and ABBA.

ABBA also joined the lucrative games market, with Singstar ABBA for PlayStation.

For a group that came to an end 26 years ago, that’s a lot more action than could be expected over many years, let alone all in one.

In sad news, drummer Ola Brunkert died in March at the age of 61 following an accident, and photographer Bengt H. Malqvist died in November at the age of 80.

And what of the future? There are those, including Benny himself, who see ABBA as over after this year.

2009 sees the 10th anniversary of the stage musical MAMMA MIA! along with the 35th anniversary of ABBA’s Eurovision Song Contest win; no doubt there will be commemorations for the twin anniversaries. ABBA’s Voulez-Vous album was released 30 years ago in April, and if past history is anything to go by, we may get a Deluxe Version of the album.

ABBA the Museum was to open in Stockholm in June, but due to problems with the site the opening has been postponed indefinitely. In the meantime the museum’s collection will be touring the world.

Benny Anderssons Orkester (Benny Andersson’s Orchestra, or BAO) will tour Sweden again in the northern Summer, and will also perform its first-ever concert in London in July. There is also talk of an English-language album – some songs have already been recorded.

Björn, Frida and Agnetha will probably remain as they have for the past few years, mostly maintaining their private lives with the occasional public appearance.

And while the music lives on, so will ABBA.

ABBA the Museum refund announcement

11 December, 2008

After months of uncertainty finally there is news about refunds from ABBA the Museum. This week the following email has apparently been sent to all buyers of ticket packages or gift vouchers who have not yet requested a refund:

A message to those who have bought tickets / gift vouchers for ABBA the Museum in Stockholm, but haven’t yet applied for a refund.

On November 22, Touring Exhibitions AB bought all rights to ABBAMuseum. As previously announced, the opening of the exhibition has been delayed and since we are unable at this time to announce a new date and location for the museum, we will now refund all previously purchased tickets and gift vouchers.

You don’t have to do anything – your money will be refunded to the account used when you bought your tickets. If you have any questions, please contact office@abbamuseum.com. We hope to be able to come back to you soon with an announcement regarding the location for ABBA the Museum.

Best regards
Touring Exhibitions AB

The tone of this message and the fact that all tickets are now being refunded hints that whenever the museum will be opening is a long, long time off.

Thanks to Pepe @ abba4ever forum.

UPDATE 14 December:  this same statement has finally been posted on the museum’s website, backdated to 9 December.

UPDATE 16 December: ABBA the Museum set for World Tour. See comments.

ABBA the Museum opening delayed

11 September, 2008

FLASH! Today the official site for ABBA the Museum posted an announcement that the opening has been delayed indefinitely. The statement says that “the project is more complicated” than expected, and at this time it is not clear whether the museum will even open in its announced location. See the statement here.

Fans from all corners of the world have already made their travel arrangements, booked accomodation and flights at one of the more expensive times of the year in one of the world’s most expensive cities. Many have probably made bookings that are non-refundable to get the best deals. Now they will be stuck with travel plans that they may not have necessarily made otherwise.

I know a lot of people from North America, Australia and even within Europe who have already made their travel bookings. Some of them have had to work hard to afford it or take leave at that time of year. Some have used the Museum opening as the basis of their first-ever, once-in-a-lifetime overseas trip. Will they be able or willing to do it again when/if the Museum does finally open?

Three thousand expensive opening packages have been sold since December, as well as untold numbers of other tickets since they went on sale in March. Museum ticket refunds have been offered, though no mechanism for claiming a refund has been announced. But who will recompense for redundant travel plans?

There has been a lot of enthusiasm for the Museum since it was first announced. But there has also been just as much skepticism. Now I fear the skeptics will say they were justified.

Now it seems obvious why updates on the website had come to a halt – the “About ABBA” feature hadn’t been updated since June – and why the link to buy tickets disappeared without explanation a few weeks ago.

A lot of people are going to be very pissed off over the next few days, and all the goodwill that has been generated over the past year or so will evaporate.

Chasing ABBA

3 June, 2008

DJ Billy B has a dream. To play at the opening of ABBA the Museum, to gather ABBA rarities for the Museum, to find the world’s biggest ABBA fan, and to write a new song for ABBA to record.

He also wants to document his quest on a reality show on MTV. He’s posted his “pilot” on YouTube and has a MySpace profile.

Will he succeed? We’ll have to check back with Billy to follow his progress.

ABBA the Museum opens one year from today.

Chasing ABBA Fan Search – MySpace
djbillyb2000 Channel – You Tube

ABBA the Museum tickets now on sale

14 March, 2008

ABBA the MuseumTickets for ABBA the Museum have now gone on general sale.

People who ordered platinum, gold and silver packages last December have been able to book their tickets since last week. Surprisingly, the only sold-out time slots so far are on the first day (June 4th), 10.00-10.45 a.m, 11.00-11.45 a.m, and 7.00-7.45 p.m.

Apparently there were some early problems for buyers outside of Europe trying to book tickets, but this problem was quickly fixed.

ABBA the Museum opens June 3rd 2009 with an opening ceremony at 8 p.m. followed by five days of ABBA celebrations at the Museum and across Stockholm. See the Museum‘s website for more information and to order tickets.


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