Record-breaking David Bowie retrospective opens at Brooklyn Museum

In 2013, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London organised the world’s first retrospective on the extraordinary profession of David Bowie, with the exhibition happening to interrupt attendance data and tour nations across the globe. Now, with its five-year run as a result of end in 2018, the David Bowie is exhibition has opened on the Brooklyn Museum in New York City to take one ultimate bow.

Aladdin Sane contact sheet, 1973. Image by Duffy © Duffy Archive & The David Bowie Archive

Running till 15 July, the exhibition has been organised with unprecedented entry to the musician’s private archive, and explores the artistic course of behind an iconic artist who turned identified for his fixed reinvention, collaborations and impression on popular culture. It presents roughly 400 objects drawn primarily from the David Bowie Archive, together with the artist’s authentic costumes, handwritten lyric sheets, authentic album artwork, pictures and movies, all tracing Bowie’s artistic course of from his teenage years in England by way of to his final twenty years when he resided in New York City.

Quilted two-piece suit, 1972. Designed by Freddie Burretti for the Ziggy Stardust tour.
Quilted two-piece swimsuit, 1972. Designed by Freddie Burretti for the Ziggy Stardust tour. Image courtesy of The David Bowie Archive. Image © Victoria and Albert Museum

The archive is introduced inside an immersive, multimedia set up that features steady audio together with projected animation and movies, and tickets embody Sennheiser headphones for a whole audio visible expertise, with a combine made up of snippets of Bowie’s songs produced by long-time collaborator Tony Visconti.

“Heroes” contact sheet, 1977.
“Heroes” contact sheet, 1977. Image by Masayoshi Sukita. © Sukita/The David Bowie Archive

“Bowie himself left England in 1974 to eventually settle in America, so we could not be more delighted that the final leg of the tour brings the show back to New York, where Bowie made his home,” mentioned Victoria Broackes, curator on the V&A. Highlights of the exhibition embody greater than 60 custom-made efficiency costumes, together with six designed by Freddie Burretti for the Ziggy Stardust / 1980 Floor Show, and 7 designed by Kansai Yamamoto for Aladdin Sane.

Acoustic guitar from the “Space Oddity” period, 1969. Image courtesy of The David Bowie Archive. Image © Victoria and Albert Museum

In 2016, the V&A in London introduced that the exhibition had surpassed 1.5 million guests at eight completely different places, making it the most-visited present within the museum’s 164-year historical past. Members of the Brooklyn Museum obtain free, priority-access tickets, and customary tickets are timed each 15 minutes.

More info on visiting David Bowie is is out there on the official Brooklyn Museum web site.

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