David Bowie at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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David Bowie, this year’s ‘must see’ exhibition has opened at the Victoria and Albert museum and runs until July 28, 2012. It coincides with the release earlier this month of a new album ‘The Next Day’, his first for ten years, which has already made number one in the charts.
According to the exhibition’s curator, his influence on contemporary culture is arguably greater than any other musician of his generation. One could argue that John Lennon and Paul McCartney might also be considered in this league. However, Bowie’s contribution to music, performance, fashion and design are certainly milestones of our era.
The exhibition, give yourself a minimum of at least two hours, tells his story through costume, film, photography and set designs as well as more personal items such as musical scores, storyboards, lyrics and diary entries. It shows how Bowie had the knack of capturing and reshaping the trends of the twentieth century.

Photograph by Sukita
Copyright the David Bowie Archive

Headphones are an essential part of the exhibition, not just for the narration but also for the music. The exhibition is not just about Bowie but incorporates many of the things that helped influence his thinking. Clothes he wore are on display, as are his paintings, but also a painting of Marilyn by Andy Warhol; a poster from Stanley Kubrick’s film Clockwork Orange; and album covers. A high-ceilinged room is covered on three sides with film clips of his concerts. With some seating available, and his music playing through your headphones, it would be quiet easy to get lost in watching his performances.
If my visit is anything to go by, interest will be huge. Look out too for additional related events.
Book online at http://www.vam.ac.uk/tickets


About Natasha Blair

Travel journalist who enjoys discovering new places in style, where possible, with her dog, a Coton de Tulear, called Poppy. Good food, not necessarily gourmet, is important as is the atmosphere as she also writes about restaurants. Culture is another love, and as she is based in London, she reviews theatre and art exhibitions.
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