A random bit of news for all the hardcore Beatles fans out there: The famous piano on which John Lennon composed the 1971 song “Imagine” is going to be on display at The Goss-Michael Foundation tomorrow, May 8 through Saturday, May 11. The piece of music history was purchased by George Michael, late pop star and co-founder of The Goss-Michael Foundation, at an auction in 2000. With a estimated value between $8 to $12 million, it’s thought to be the most expensive piece of pop memorabilia in the world. The chestnut upright Steinway piano will be a fitting complement to the gallery’s current exhibition, Marc Quinn: History & Violence–both relate to the artist’s view of world conflict.
The piece was previously on display at The Goss-Michael foundation in 2007, before it traveled across the country for the Imagine Piano Peace Project. It was taken to sites where horrible acts of violence had occurred–like Dealy Plaza, Virginia Tech, and the Oklahoma City National Memorial–and “Imagine” was played in each place.
Anyway, it might be worth stopping by the gallery to check it out. The Marc Quinn exhibition should also be pretty interesting. The British artist is best known for his sculptures made out of frozen blood, but this show represents his painting work. They are large, colorful, and chaotic canvases that range in style from oversized, hyperrealistic eyeballs to Pollock-esque splatters.
The Goss-Michael Foundation is open with the “Imagine” piano on view May 8 through 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.