The Jean Geanie grants London a wish – and its pure spectacle
21-3-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — An integral part of British culture, David Bowie has now become more than just a musical, cultural and fashion icon. For decades Bowie has worn the entertainment industry’s artistic crown, collecting hoards of admirers from every decade since the swinging 60s as he singlehandedly revolutionised our approach to music – fusing his work with art, experimentation and eclecticism. Known for his flamboyant costumes, fans and admirers of Bowie’s work and career can now see this fantastic clothing range as well as a whole host of the musician’s photographs and videos at London’s very own Victoria & Albert (V&A) museum in David Bowie Is. The exhibition, which spans from 23 March – 28 July 2013, is predicted to become London’s must see event. LondonTown.com, the capital’s favourite events and London hotels listing website, advise those looking to experience David Bowie Is to book both tickets and hotels early.
The exhibition features not only the costumes worn by Bowie through the ages but also includes over 300 other objects that will get Bowie fans’ taste buds tingling: handwritten song lyrics, instruments, set designs, photography and videos. Fans can expect to find various Bowie favourites scattered throughout the exhibition – the 1970’s Ziggy Stardust bodysuit to name just one. The V&A’s complete access to the David Bowie Archive has enabled the museum to offer the first international retrospective of David Bowie’s most extraordinary career.
The exhibition doesn’t just showcase David Bowie’s flamboyant objects that became as distinctive as his voice, but it more importantly follows the life of a young David Robert Jones, a boy born in South London’s Brixton in 1947 and that same boy’s artistic and hedonistic journey he made to become David Bowie.
David Bowie is, of course, more than just a songwriter. He has often lent his influence to the fashion and theatrical spheres, designing the costumes, stage sets and album artwork throughout his career. In 1972 he created his very own alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, a personality that encapsulates everything Bowie is known for: intelligence, artistic innovation, colour and freedom of expression. The David Bowie Is exhibition also accommodates room for Bowie’s role in film: the final section of the grand exploration through Bowie’s life and work includes an immersive audio-visual space with footage of music videos, live tours and films including children’s classic Labyrinth and Basquiat.
For those whose spines are still tingling from hearing Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ on loudspeaker at the summer Olympics last year, the David Bowie Is exhibition promises to be a collecting of awe-inspiring masterpieces from a man who has become a major influencer and flag bearer of everything that is amazing about British music. Miss it, and you’ll miss out.
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