It is entitled David Bowie is…, the most spectacular, complete and exhaustive retrospective of the career of David Bowie by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. It is in Bologna from the 14th of July to the 13th of November (click here for the mega-event site). But it is in 2004 that it is set to take the world by storm with plans to visit London, Berlin, Chicago, Paris, Melbourne and Groningen. “Bowie is no ordinary pop star,” explains the co-curator of the exhibition Victoria Broackes. “He has seeped into every area of our culture – music, fashion, performance and design.”
More than 300 exclusive items from costumes, photos, videos, manuscripts, installations, even a painting of Iggy Pop created by Bowie in 1970 in Berlin. Bowie himself donated 95% of the objects on display, including pages with song lyrics written in his own handwriting, sketches of ideas, designs, photographs, more than sixty costumes and his musical instruments. The international star known for his chameleonic transformations passed away on the 10th of January but his legacy lives on in his body of work spanning three decades and countless music genres. “As a teenager, he transformed from David Jones – born in 1947 and raised in the grey suburbs of London – to David Bowie. He then went on to create a series of characters such as Major Tom the astronaut, rock star alien Ziggy Stardust, the tormented Aladdin Sane and the enigmatic Thin White Duke.” (Sara Bertuccioli, Huffington Post). The extraordinary success of the career retrospective of David Bowie is not only an acknowledgment of an international star, but overall elevates the glamour to a contemporary art form of the late twentieth century.
Alessandro Di Giacomo