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Wednesday 3 June 2015

Motown Marvin Gaye exhibit opens

Marvin Gaye memorabilia has gone on display at the Motown Historical Museum in Detroit
Marvin Gaye memorabilia has gone on display at the Motown Historical Museum in Detroit

The Motown Historical Museum is celebrating the life and times, as well as the moves and grooves, of Marvin Gaye.

The Detroit museum, located in the original home of Motown Records Corp, has unveiled an exhibit chronicling the legendary artist's two decades at Motown, from 1960 to 1982. The exhibit in the second-floor gallery runs through until September.

It's the first time the museum has produced a major exhibit on Marvin, and follows a successful installation on the Jackson 5 last year that marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson.

The largely chronological exhibit features Marvin's album covers, sheet music, costumes from concerts and even a Marvin Gaye Way street sign from Washington, DC, the hometown of the man born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr in 1939 and fatally shot by his father in 1984 after a violent argument.

Chief curator Lina Stephens said the museum had been planning the exhibit for a while but Michael Jackson's death "shifted a lot of things" around. One thing is clear: Marvin's exhibit has many more items and artefacts because of his lengthy tenure with the label.

"He was a good artist to focus on because he was here since just about the beginning," Stephens said. "It's easy to incorporate his story line."

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