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From Unknown Prince to the Prince of Funk: Prince from Minneapolis Rocks MoPop

May 03, 2019

In one of the latest exhibits at the Museum of Pop Culture titled Prince from Minneapolis, one of our generation’s greatest cultural icons is honored through art, artifacts, and original photography. 

You’ve seen him on the stage; but who was the man behind the coat of pink cashmere?

Prince Rogers Nelson had humble beginnings, but by the age of 31 had transformed himself into one of the most unique and influential musicians of our era - “The High Priest of Pop” -  Prince. 

His transformation was made possible with the help of local Minneapolis photographers, who through their craft helped Prince construct the identity for which he became so famous. Prince from Minneapolis showcases the work of four of these photographers - Allen Beaulieu, Nancy Bundt, Terry Gydesen, and Robert Whitman. The exhibit is a collection of close to 50 artifacts that both document his life and showcase the inspiration he was to others. Visitors can view 15 pieces of artwork created through Prince’s inspiration on fans including murals, glass, even a custom bicycle. The exhibit also showcases one of his guitars, 25 photos and 2 original costumes from the Purple Rain film. 


●     Nancy Brandt’s snapped shots from Prince’s legendary Purple Rain concert - both onstage and off.

●     Terry Gydesen photos of Prince both in-studio and on his 1993 world tour with candid moments and posed shots.

●     Robert Whitman’s renowned photos of Prince pre-fame, including the famous shot of Prince in front of the “Wall of Schmitt Music in downtown Minneapolis.”


Prince from Minneapolis is open now through January 5, 2020 at the Museum of Pop Culture.  Tickets can be purchased here, and Prince from Minneapolis is included in general ticket admission purchases.

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