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Duran Duran unveil art exhibitions in Ibiza, ahead of a mega show

Members John Taylor and Nick Rhodes are exhibiting their visual art together for the first time, ahead of a gig with Pete Tong tomorrow

  • Words: Niamh Ingram | Photo: John Swannell
  • 30 April 2022
Duran Duran unveil art exhibitions in Ibiza, ahead of a mega show

Nick Rhodes and John Taylor of Duran Duran have both unveiled their own exhibitions of artwork in Ibiza, displayed alongside each other, which will be available to view until tomorrow and Monday respectively.

The exhibitions are running in parallel with the 40th anniversary celebrations of Duran Duran, which sees the band perform in Ibiza over 30 years since they last played together on the White Isle.

To complete the weekend of celebrations, the weekend is set to finish at Ushuaïa for the band's headline performance, 'Last Night in the City', which runs until 11pm and features Pete Tong as a special guest.

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Rhodes' exhibition, 'Ghosts of Peonies', features 88 images: 40 of flowers, and 48 small prints of corroded copper. The photographs were taken over a three-week period last year, with views of the same flower arrangement being captured across different stages.

“When the flowers began to fade, I was drawn to how deeply strange and beautiful they looked," he explains. "As the days passed their appearance became increasingly more bizarre. The petals began to fall and the forms and colours revealed ghost-like characters. I photographed the flowers because I didn’t want them to die, I wanted them to live on and now they do through these images.”

Taylor's artwork, 'Runaway', is an exhibitions of paintings and inkjet printings. The works explore the artist's experience of time, space and emotion through close exploration of his own past, whilst also reflecting on broader global trauma and upheaval.

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Additionally, he has created four multimedia collages, which form the shape of a cross and feature layers of silkscreen images. These images include the cover of the Duran Duran's first demo tape, a map of Birmingham and a photograph of the band with Princess Diana.

Both Taylor and Rhodes' exhibitions are currently on display at Ibiza's HANGAR8289. You can grab tickets, packages and VIP options for Duran Duran's 'Touch ihe Sunrise' - including the end of weekend performance with Pete Tong - here.

Niamh Ingram is Mixmag's Weekend Editor, follow her on Twitter

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