The House of Annie Lennox

‘The good folks at the V&A have worked with me to create a small corner in a big museum….’ says Annie Lennox, greatly exaggerating the size of the exhibition space. Let’s be candid, this exhibition takes place in the corner of a corner and the expression ‘good things come in small packages’ was invented by a man with a small penis. It’s lies I tell you.

You are invited into a ‘house that’s not a house, an inside that’s also an outside, the past and present containing memories, dreams and reflections as well as sounds and visions’. For those that do not understand the foreign language that is bullshit, I shall translate. You are invited into a ‘room’; the size of your father’s shed wherein lies a shoddily put together playhouse[1] – the ‘creative heart’ of the show – which supposedly  reflects Lennox’s idea of ‘the house as a representation of self’ and her ‘fascination with reality versus illusion’. All this from an Ikea desk smattered with a few lyric sheets.

The seven costumes on display, although by no means a comprehensive overview are enough to identify the artist’s theatrical signature style. The Union Jack tuxedo that Lennox wore at the 1999 Brit awards upon the Eurythmics receiving the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award as well as the iconic Minnie Mouse outfit worn in the music video to ‘No more I love you’s’ are two of her trademark threads on show.

Amongst these 2 main installations is other ephemera including photographs, Annie inspired artwork and clips from her music videos. The saving grace of the exhibition is the sound track, comprised of the songs that made Lennox the pop culture icon she is today, as well as excerpts from recorded interviews.

All in all this feels like a half assed attempt from Lennox – she has put her signature to a badly curated show. An illustrious 30yr career cannot be successfully encapsulated with 50 artefacts -as retrospectives go this seemed to barely skim the surface.

The House of Annie Lennox exhibition runs from 15th September 2011 until 26th February 2012. For more information on The House Of Annie Lennox exhibition, visit the V&A museum website.

[1] Note to reader. Any normal sized human being shall have to double over in order to see the interior.