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Jan 31 - Apr 20

Museum of Image and Sound, Avenida Europa 158, Sao Paulo, , 01449-000, Brazil
  • “David Bowie Is” exhibition

  • “David Bowie Is” exhibition

  • “David Bowie Is” exhibition


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“David Bowie Is” exhibition travels to the Museum of Image and Sound, Sao Paulo

After breaking all records at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, drawing more than 300,000 visitors, “David Bowie is”, the first international retrospective of the 46-year career of David Bowie, travels to the Museum of Image and Sound, Sao Paulo. The multimedia exhibition tries to cast a light on the creative universe of the talented musician and to demonstrate how his work has both influenced and been influenced by wider movements in art, design, theatre, film and contemporary culture. Organized chronologically, “David Bowie is” traces the artist’s evolution from his years as a teenager in the 1950s to the early 2000s when he retired from touring. More than 300 objects are brought together from the David Bowie Archive, including handwritten set lists and lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, diary entries, album artwork and rare performance material from the past five decades.

The exhibition also explores Bowie´s large list of collaborations, tracing his shifting style and sustained reinvention across his career. On display are more than sixty stage costumes including the Ziggy Stardust bodysuits (1972), designed by Freddie Burretti, Kansai Yamamoto’s flamboyant creations for the Aladdin Sane tour (1973), and the Union Jack coat designed by Bowie and Alexander McQueen for the Earthling album cover (1997). Bowie’s many personae are amply documented through photography, graphic designs, models of concert sets, visual excerpts from films, and live performances, including his starring role in Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) and his appearance on Saturday Night Live (1979), as well as music videos for songs such as “Boys Keep Swinging” (1979) and “Let’s Dance” (1983).

“David Bowie Is” exhibition is curated by V&A’s theatre and performance curators Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh and is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue that includes contributions from leading experts in musicology and cultural history. After Brazil, the exhibition will travel to Berlin (Martin-Gropius-Bau, 20 May – 10 August 2014), Chicago (Museum of Contemporary Art, 20 September 2014 – January 2015), Paris (Philharmonie de Paris/ Cité de la Musique, 2 March – 31 May 2015) and The Netherlands (Groninger Museum, 15 December 2015 – 15 March 2016).