Ireland's greatest rock band has finally got the exhibition it deserves. U2: Made in Dublin charts the story of the band over the last 40 years. This fan-curated exhibition features musical rarities, signed albums and some great photography, alongside delights such as a Trabant car, an oversize Gibson Explorer, a life-size sculpture of MacPhisto and even a pack of U2 condoms.
The exhibition was created by fans of the band along with some of Ireland’s best photographers and artists, as a tribute to U2 and a celebration of their roots in the local music scene of the 1970s.
A soundtrack narrated by Tom Dunne tells the story of the band with rare live recordings from the Dandelion Market all the way through to Croke Park. The exhibition is hugely popular with fans of Ireland’s most famous musical export.
“Us Dubs are naturally skeptical types, and that’s no bad thing,” says museum director Trevor White. “But it also means that U2 don’t get much credit here in their hometown. We’re thrilled to be celebrating Ireland’s greatest rock band here in the people’s museum of Dublin.”
Among the curators of the show is Professor Scott Calhoun, director of the U2 Conference and editor of Exploring U2.