David Bowie is

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum)

23 March – 11 August 2013

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Get a frontstage and backstage look at Bowie's legendary personas – from Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and the Thin White Duke to the elder statesman of today.

The fruits of an unprecedented free reign to romp in the David Bowie archives, this show brings together the iconic costumes, instruments, album sleeve artwork and the rest with more private matter: Bowie’s own sketches, musical scores and handwritten set lists. It explores the broad range of Bowie’s collaborations with artists and designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theatre, art and film.

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Highlights include Freddie Burretti’s Ziggy Stardust bodysuits, photography by Brian Duffy; album sleeve artwork by Guy Peellaert and Edward Bell; and official track videos and recordings of live performances. Visual excerpts from films and live performances including The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) and Saturday Night Live (1979); music videos such as Boys Keep Swinging (1979) and Let’s Dance (1983) and set designs created for the Diamond Dogs tour (1974).


There will also be material related to Bowie's recent, unannounced return to the charts: the artwork for the cover of the new album The Next Day, will make an appearance, as will the dolorous mannequins from the video for the single Where Are We Now?

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Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5.45pm (Fri until 10pm)

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