Kirk Hammett’s Poster Passion

Chunk of Metallica guitarist’s horror art collection goes on display in Salem

By Gary Graff
September 13, 2017

Metallica is on the road, and so is guitarist Kirk Hammett’s art collection. About 135 pieces from Hammett’s extensive stockpile are being displayed in It’s Alive: Classic Horror And Sci-Fi Art From The Kirk Hammett Collection, on display through Nov. 26 at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

In a statement, Hammett says that: “My collection takes me to a place where I need to be — among the monsters, where I’m most comfortable and creative. That’s where the magic has happened for me all these years and it’s something I’ve come to trust. From the moment I first encountered these characters, I could see that these guys had just as much difficulty coping as I did.”

Among the gems in the exhibit are the only remaining cardboard cutouts promoting 1933’s King Kong, the lone three-sheet poster for Frankenstein in 1931 and original posters for The Mummy, Dracula and other 1930s horror classics, along with guitars, sculptures and masks.

Hammett published a book, Too Much Horror Business, in 2012 about his collecting habit, and he’s hosted two Kirk Von Hammett Fear FestEvil events in northern California. Parts of the collection were also displayed at Metallica’s two Orion Music + More festivals.

Metallica is currently on tour in Europe