PREVIEW: David Bowie Is Victoria and Albert

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Photo: John Robert Rowlands

We just couldn’t not pass the exciting news along about the upcoming exhibit David Bowie Is at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Scheduled to open March 23rd, on exhibit through July 28th, 2013 – this is a show not to be missed for any or all Bowiephiles out there. We came across it while doing our post on Bowie And Art. Add it to your vacation calendar, if you are planning to visit the UK. You may want to reserve your tickets now, we noticed the current exhibit (which also looks pretty darn cool) Hollywood Costume, is completely sold out!  We are so hoping the Bowie exhibit will travel here to Northern California, wouldn’t the Legion of Honor be a great venue to host it?

Link to the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Information


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Promotional shoot for The Kon-rads 1963, Photo: Roy Ainsworth

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.



A limited edition, signed book is being offered for the exhibition, above.

This is the first book produced with access to the David Bowie Archive of performance costume, ephemera and original artwork by the artist, which is brought together to present a completely new perspective on his creative work and collaborations. The book traces his career from its beginnings in London, through the breakthroughs of Space Oddity and Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and on to his impact on the larger international tradition of twentieth-century avant-garde art.

The Collector’s Special Edition will be clothbound and feature a lithographic print signed by Bowie himself. Each edition will be numbered, cased in perspex and hand-finished. With only 500 copies published it is unprecedented and unmissable.

For a previous Eclectix post on Bowie and art, click here.


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