In every time and place, there are musicians whose art deeply touches the lives of many. MIM’s Artist Gallery highlights these personalities with ever-changing exhibits that span sound, style, and era. See and hear instruments played by icon such as Elvis Presley®, Pablo Casals, John Lennon, “King” Sunny Adé, Taylor Swift, and many others from around the world.
On August 21, MIM unveiled the newest addition to its Artist Gallery: George Harrison’s first Rickenbacker guitar.
With Beatles bandmates John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr, Harrison (1943–2001) became one of the most widely recognized musical artists from the 1960s onward. Known for distinctive lead-guitar playing, Harrison also composed mainstays of rock repertoire including “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Something.”
Harrison purchased his 1962 Rickenbacker in the fall of 1963 while visiting his sister in the United States. He appeared with the guitar on European television shows and in concert performances wiht the Beatles during the remainder of the year.
The Rickenbacker is on display for a limited time, alongside John Lennon’s 1969 Steinway Model Z upright piano—the instrument on which Lennon composed his visionary plea for world peace, “Imagine.”
Taylor Swift is one of the most successful musical artists in the world, and is also a multi-instrumentalist and an extraordinarily talented songwriter. MIM is honored to showcase some of the important artifacts from Swift’s career, and hopes this exhibit inspires guests of all ages to play an instrument and make their own music.