David Bowie Exhibition at the V&A – London’s Victoria and Albert Museum has announced that it is to hold an exhibition of David Bowie’s iconic stage clothing, album artwork, musical instruments, entries from his diaries and his handwritten lyric sheets.
The exhibition, which is to be called “David Bowie Is”, will open on 23 March 2013 and runs through until the 28 July 2013.
The V&A was given exclusive access to Bowie’s archive of 60k items, most of which which he stores in New York, to enable them to put together next year’s exhibition. The 65-year old singer has recently said on his Facebook page that he was not directly involved in the choice of items for the exhibition and is not a co-curator as had been previously stated in the media.
The museum will be showing more than 300 different objects from the David Bowie Archive and has described the singer as “one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times.” They have confirmed that amongst the items to be exhibited will be Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust bodysuits, designed by Freddie Burretti in 1972. They are also going to show the outfits made by Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto for Bowie’s 1973 Aladdin Sane tour.
David Bowie Is will showcase items from the singer’s five decade long career and visitors will get the chance to view some never-before-seen exhibits including hand-drawn storyboards.
The Victoria and Albert’s director Martin Roth said: “We are thrilled to be hosting this exhibition of the world’s most creative artist.”
“We are the world’s number one museum on art and design. We’re also very, very strong on performance and theatre. Theatre and performance came back to the museum in 2007, so David Bowie fits perfectly within that genre.”
Tickets for the David Bowie Is exhibition, which is sponsored by Gucci and Sennheiser, go on sale today and cost £14 ($22) for an adult ticket with children under 12-years old getting in free if accompanied by an adult.