Wednesday, January 16, 2013

David Bowie at the V&A

I've been listening to a lot of Bowie lately. I'm excited about his new album and can't wait to get it! I have all my fingers and toes crossed that perhaps a new album will mean a tour. What I would really like to do however, is go to the David Bowie exhibit at the Victoria and Albert in London. It sounds fantastic.

David Bowie is: About the Exhibition

Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973. Photograph by Brian Duffy © Duffy Archive
Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973. Photograph by Brian Duffy © Duffy Archive

The V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate 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.
Striped bodysuit for Aladdin Sane tour
Promotional shoot for The Kon-rads
Photo collage of manipulated film stills from The Man Who Fell to Earth
David Bowie and William Burroughs
Original photography for the Earthling album cover
Self portrait in pose also adopted for the album cover of 'Heroes'

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