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David Bowie Exhibition Planned For Next Year
A David Bowie retrospective is to be unveiled by the Victoria & Albert museum during Spring/Summer next year. The ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition will chart the career of the singer and give unprecedented access to handwritten lyrics, original costumes and the star’s own instruments.

The museum stated that it would ‘explore Bowie as a musical innovator and cultural icon’ by tracing the singer’s musical steps from his humble beginnings in bands such as the ‘Kon-rads’ to his first major hit ‘Space Oddity’ which introduced fictional character ‘Major Tom’. Whilst the icon himself is not directly involved with the exhibition, the David Bowie Archive gave unprecedented access to the Victoria & Albert museum and the curators have made some exciting choices.



Bowie is well known for his extravagant stage outfits, and over 60 will be on display including original Ziggy Stardust bodysuits from 1972 and outfits designed for his ‘Aladdin Sane’ and ‘Thin White Duke’ characters. "David Bowie is a true icon, more relevant to popular culture now than ever," said museum director Martin Roth, "His radical innovations across music, theatre, fashion and style still resound today in design and visual culture and he continues to inspire artists and designers throughout the world."



Other exhibits include works by photographers such as Herb Ritts, Helmut Lang, Brian Duffy and Terry O'Neill as well as previously unseen tour footage and set designs from the lavishly produced 1974 Diamond Dogs tour.



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.



The ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition will run from the 23rd of March to the 28th of July 2013 and tickets are available from the museum’s homepage.

www.vam.ac.uk



Published: 05 September 2012
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