The 12 million euro exhibition required two years of preparation to combine the spectacular and the intimate. To discover from December 20 in Belgium.
Immersive projections, multimedia show over 2000 m2reconstruction of the office of the “youth idol”… A major exhibition dedicated to Johnny Hallyday will take place in Brussels from December to June, before Paris in 2024, his widow announced on Tuesday June 14. Laeticia Hallyday.
“My duty, entrusted by Johnny: to bring his work to life, so that it continues to accompany its millions of fans, and the new generations”, underlines in a press release Laeticia Hallyday, co-producer of this event with a budget of 12 million euros and which required two years of preparation. “Through this time travel, thanks to a multisensory and emotional experience, I want everyone to be able to rediscover or discover the man that Johnny was, by combining the spectacular and the intimate”, adds Laeticia Hallyday.
Johnny Hallyday the Exhibitionconceived in twelve chapters, aims in particular toe “to revive the emotion of his concerts”. An installation will bring together guitars, the rocker’s stage costumes, his last four motorcycles and hundreds of personal objects never revealed before. The singer’s teenage bedroom will also be reconstructed to better trace “74 years of an extraordinary life”.
“The exhibition will also offer a dive into Johnny’s America, as well as “Saint-Barth” where he rests today. (…) Jean Reno will lend his voice and accompany visitors throughout their visit,” indicates the intent note. The visitor will begin his journey with a show made up of Johnny’s various spectacular appearances, carried away by a cancer on December 5, 2017. The organizers expect 1.2 million visitors.
The Palais des expositions in Brussels will be the premiere of the event, from December 20 to June 15, 2023. Johnny the Exhibition will then be presented in Paris, at the Porte de Versailles exhibition center from January 2024. Other French cities are planned for the future.
In September 2021, four years after his disappearance, Paris paid tribute to the singer with a commemorative concert in Bercy, after the inauguration of a statue and an esplanade in his name.