THIS summer’s David Bowie Is exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum has been the year’s hottest ticket as far
THIS summer’s David Bowie Is exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum has been the year’s hottest ticket as far as museums go, writes Lesley Potter.
The state-of-the-art show charts his professional life from rebellious young Turk in the Sixties all the way up to the present day when the unstoppable 66-year-old released yet another album, The Next Day.
There is still time to get to the exhibition in the flesh if you haven’t yet managed to do so, as it closes on August 11. However if you prefer to experience it from the comfort of a squidgy chair with a cola in one hand and a box of popcorn in the other there is the chance to join in with a nationwide cinema extravaganza on Tuesday, August 13.
David Bowie Is Happening Now will take cinema-goers around the exhibition, with a commentary by curators Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh. It will also feature special guests offering an insight into the stories behind some of the 300 objects from the David Bowie Archive.
I went to the V&A exhibtiion with a few friends back in May, and despite being a cynic who tends to avoid all things hyped, I have to say that despite having to jostle through forest-like crowds, it was the best museum experience I’ve ever had.
The smart headset with commentary was a relevation as it tuned in automatically as you passed through each successive zone, belting out Aladdin Sane one minute and Space Oddity the next.
There were some fabulous artefacts, most notably some of the artist’s more wacky outfits, such as the 1972 Ziggy Stardust bodysuits designed by Freddie Burretti, as well as photography by Brian Duffy and album sleeve artwork by Guy Peellaert and Edward Bell. But for me it was the handwritten diary excerpts and lyrics that were most inspiring, as well as images of him before he was famous. They showed a precocious, cocky but eminently likeable individual who seemed to know it was his fate to be famous. This exhibition is just pure unadulturated nostalgia, and very gratifying, too.
Tickets for the cinema event on August 13 are on sale at the Regal Picturehouse now at £14, £13 concessions, £12 members.