December 05, 2020

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In Memoriam: David Bowie 1947 -2016

In Memoriam: David Bowie 1947 -2016

One of the most versatile musician, songwriter and performer, David Bowie, has passed aways last Sunday in his house after a long Battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.

We would like to remember him through one of the most complete exhibitions that Victoria and Albert Museum organized thanks to the unprecedented access given at the time to the David Bowie Archive. It was the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie. The exhibition (2013) explored the creative processes of Bowie as a musical innovator and cultural icon, tracing his shifting style and sustained reinvention across five decades and the broad range of Bowie’s collaborations with artists and designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theatre, art and film.

On display were 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 were 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.

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