Memphis to be Showcased in New Exhibit in Germany

“Memphis Exhibition Berlin” Opens Sept. 29 to Oct. 28, 2012

On Sept. 28, 2012, the Gibson Guitar Showroom in the heart of Berlin, Germany will be transformed into a musical Mecca – that of the United States City of Memphis, Tenn. – with the opening of a new exhibit, “Memphis Exhibition Berlin.”

It will be the first time Rufus Thomas, Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Johnny Cash and many others either from Memphis or with close ties to city will all be under one roof together in Europe to celebrate the many cultural contributions of Memphis’ history and its many current attractions. 

“Memphis Exhibition Berlin” opens that day with a press conference and opening reception from 10 a.m. – noon, with live entertainment from Memphis’ internationally renowned Stax Music Academy, which has also toured Italy, Australia, and played many of the United States’ top concert venues.

The exhibit will be on display daily from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. until October 28, 2012.

Organized by Berliners Clemens Gubernath and Jacqueline Mende, the exhibit occupies some 5,000 square feet and will feature photographs, clothing, documents, films, and other memorabilia that tell the story of world-famous Beale Street, Sun Records, Stax Records and Memphis’ pivotal role in the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. 

According to Gubernath, “We have been visiting Memphis several times a year for the past years and are fascinated with the amount of music and history that happened in Memphis. American culture has been very prominent in Germany since the 1950s and we just want European visitors to experience this and learn what a unique city Memphis is, not only because of its history but also because of the way the people there have embraced it with world-class attractions like Sun Studio, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the Rock'n Soul Museum, the National Civil Rights Museum, and many others.”

Sponsors for the exhibit are Gibson, FedEx, the United States Embassy in Berlin, Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the Ernest Withers Collection United States Ambassador to Germany Philip D. Murphy will be in attendance with members of his staff at the opening reception and press conference on September 28, 2012.

For more information, please contact Tim Sampson or Clemens Gubernath.