QUEEN UNSEEN – The Queen you’ve never seen

3 October – 30 November 2023
Sismondo Castle

On show are shots taken by Peter Hince, the band’s historic road crew and Freddie Mercury’s personal assistant.

The exhibition reveals some previously unseen and unknown sides of the iconic band that made rock history, told through the ‘photographic’ eye of someone who knew them for real, living in symbiosis with them for over 10 years.

Hince began taking photographs of Queen in 1976, when they had already reached the peak of their worldwide success, continuing until 1986, with an interlude of a further two years in which he would only portray Mercury. During his years with Queen, Peter cultivated a passion for photography, taking intimate and candid photos of the band in the recording studio, during the filming of video clips, tour rehearsals and, on rare occasions, even during live shows. He also takes some portraits of the band, which have become iconic.

But in addition to Hince’s images, “QUEEN UNSEEN – Peter Hince” also exhibits the rich personal collection of memorabilia, clothing, accessories, musical instruments, records and documents, all strictly original, of Niccolò Chimenti, one of Europe’s biggest collectors of the Queen universe, including the microphone stand used by Freddie Mercury in his last concert, an autographed guitar by Brian May, an autographed cymbal and drum sticks by Roger Taylor, Freddie’s legendary braces, one of the costumes used for the Radio Gaga video, and much more.

The exhibition is completed by the projection of videos, most of them extremely rare and now unavailable even on the web.