Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Victoria & Albert Museum's David Bowie Exhibit is Coming to Toronto

David Bowie is..., the exhibit that has been drawing crowds at London's Victoria and Albert Museum, will cross the pond to the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto later this year.

Filled with Bowie's handwritten set lists, lyrics, diary entries, instruments, costumes and sketches, among other items, the exhibit closes August 11 in London and will reopen on September 25 in Toronto. The presentation will run through November 27.

From Claudia A's review of the London exhibit from music-news.com:
The exhibition is divided into two galleries, and the overall design reflects on Bowie’s eclectic range of artistic influences, from Surrealism, German Expressionism and the Beat Poets through to Cabaret, West End musicals, movies, and Japanese Kabuki theatre.

The first gallery depicts Bowie’s early years, his formation as an artist, and his collaborations with others.
We see a young Bowie or Davie Jones, as he was known back then, in a very early band called The Kon-rads, playing sax and singing vocals. Equally interesting is an early concert poster from the Royal Festival Hall, on which ‘Tyrannosaurus Rex’ get top billing (with Roy Harper), and Stefan Grossman and David Bowie are listed as the support. A ‘Diamond Dogs’ tour make-up chart and the set model for the Diamond Dogs tour, the Ziggy Stardust jumpsuit, various sketches, and a page containing the Space Oddity guitar chords are just a few of the many gems on display.

The second gallery focuses on Bowie the performer – both onstage and off, culminating in a large-scale video projection display of rare and unseen footage, with some of Bowie’s most iconic costumes on show.

Selected relics from his movie career are on display, amongst them items from the movie Labyrinth, and a photo collage of stills from The Man Who Fell To Earth. We get to see Bowie the artist, in particular two oil paintings he created of his friend and collaborator Iggy Pop during their Berlin years, and a self-portrait in a pose adopted for the 1978 Heroes album cover. Also on display are countless costumes – amongst them Kansai Yamamoto’s striped bodysuit for the Aladdin Sane tour 1973, Alexander McQueen’s Union Jack coat designed for Bowie’s 1997 Earthling album cover, and Natasha Korniloff’s Pierrot costume which she designed for Bowie’s Scary Monsters and Super Creeps album/Ashes to Ashes video. Countless photos and press clippings (and so much more) round up this truly insightful and fascinating exhibition.

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