London gallery The Proud Archivist has teamed up with Panini to launch an exhibition showcasing every World Cup sticker ever made.
The Panini World Cup Wall of Wonder, open from tonight until July 13, features 4,173 stickers spanning 12 world cups, from Mexico 1970 to this year’s tournament in Brazil.
Curator Rob Manley says it’s the first time all of Panini’s World Cup stickers have ever been brought together for a single exhibition, and promises a nostalgic mass of curious hairstyles and a chance to relive World Cups past.
“At a time when the whole world is going just a little bit potty about the World Cup, this exhibition provides a highly resonant personal touch point to the other times in our lives, when our younger selves were going just a little bit potty about the World Cups of yesterday,” he adds.
1970 cover sheets provided courtesy of Panini
The exhibition is part of The Proud Archivist’s World Cup Wonderland event, which brings together four football-themed shows.
Also on display are Cristiano Siqueria’s World Cup posters for ESPN (see our blog post on them here), an Art Vinyl collection of World Cup single record sleeves and I Scored a Goal in the World Cup Final, a photographic exhibition by Michael Donald featuring portraits of the only 33 living footballers in the world to have achieved this feat.
Donald spent years travelling the world to meet the footballers, from Pele to Zidane and England’s Martin Peters, and interviewed each about their experience of preparing for and playing in the final. ESPN recently screened a documentary on the project, and each footballer’s photo will be displayed alongside their memories of the match.
Amarildo Tavares da Silveira (Brazil, scored 1970), Alcedes Ghiggia (Uruguay, 1958), Josef Masopust (Czechoslovakia, 1962) and Pele (Brazil, 1970). Images courtesy of Michael Donald.
The World Cup Wonder exhibition is open from 8am until 10pm daily at The Proud Archivist, 2-10 Hertford Road, London N1 5ET from June 12 until July 13. For details, see theproudarchivist.co.uk