David Bowie is

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David Bowie is
In partnership with Gucci

Sound experience by Sennheiser
23 March – 11 August 2013

The V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie - one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times. David Bowie is, will explore the creative processes of Bowie as a musical innovator and cultural icon, tracing his shifting style and sustained reinvention across five decades.

The V&A’s Theatre and Performance curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, have selected more than 300 objects that will be brought together for the very first time. They include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos,set designs, Bowie’s own instruments and album artwork.
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The exhibition will explore the broad range of Bowie’s collaborations with artists and designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theatre, art and film.

Alongside these will be more personal items such as never-before-seen storyboards, handwritten set lists and lyrics as well as some of Bowie’s own sketches, musical scores and diary entries, revealing the evolution of his creative ideas.

Frida Giannini, said: "David Bowie is… one of my greatest inspirations. His individuality, originality and authenticity have been defining. Through his
creative genius his influence on music, fashion, art and popular culture over decades has
been immeasurable and will continue to be for decades to come."

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The Archer, Station to Station tour, 1976 © John Robert Rowlands
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