Friday, 18 January 2013

David Bowie is... at the V&A

The most exciting exhibition of 2013 will be the David Bowie show at Victoria and Albert Museum.

Titled David Bowie Is this show opens on 23.March and promises unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive which will be the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie - one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times. David Bowie is will explore the creative processes of Bowie as a musical innovator and cultural icon, tracing his shifting style and sustained reinvention across five decades.The V&A’s Theatre and Performance curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh have selected more than 300 objects that will be brought together for the very first time. They include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, Bowie’s own instruments and album artwork.The exhibition will explore the broad range of Bowie’s collaborations with artists and designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theatre, art and film. On display will be more than 300 objects including Ziggy Stardust bodysuits (1972) designed by Freddie Burretti, photography by Brian Duffy; album sleeve artwork by Guy Peellaert and Edward Bell; visual excerpts from films and live performances including The Man Who Fell to Earth, music videos such as Boys Keep Swinging and set designs created for the Diamond Dogs tour (1974). Alongside these will be more personal items such as never-before-seen storyboards, handwritten set lists and lyrics as well as some of Bowie’s own sketches, musical scores and diary entries, revealing the evolution of his creative ideas.

This is probably the most highly anticipated show of 2013 and will co-inside with the release of Bowie's new album "The Next Day" - the first in about 10 years. Earlier this month he released the first single Where Are We Now which was received with great praise by fans and critics alike.

Early bird tickets for the exhibition are available HERE

Sources: V&A,  Photograph by Brian Duffy © Duffy Archive