David Bowie is - at the V&A Museum
David Bowie is - at the V&A Museum David Bowie is - at the V&A Museum David Bowie is - at the V&A Museum David Bowie is - at the V&A Museum
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David Bowie is - at the V&A Museum
by Burlington Bertie

Space Odyssey, 1972

Update. 19.03.13. David Bowie has scored his first number one album in 20 years with a record that is  the fastest selling of the year, racking up 94,000 sales in the week. The 66-year-old's new studio album The Next Day is his first new material in nearly a decade and his first  chart topper since 1993's 'Black Tie White Noise'. 

David Bowie is one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times. This first international retrospective of his extraordinary career has been mounted by the Victoria and Albert Museum. It has already generated unprecedented advance ticket sales.

The exhibition explores David Bowie's creative processes as a musical innovator and cultural icon, tracing his shifting style and sustained reinvention across five decades and following the broad range of Bowie's collaborations with artists and designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theatre, art and film.  Jim Henson's 1986 British-American fantasy film Labyrinth, in which David Bowie starred and wrote the music, has since acquired cult status and spawned a four volume manga, The Return to the Labyrinth

More than 300 objects on show include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, Bowie's own instruments and album. Visitors can see Bowie's  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).

Also on display are personal items such as 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.

David Bowie is  exhibition runs from 27 March until 11 August. Advance booking strongly recommended.

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