Wednesday, 29 May 2013
David Bowie Is... V&A museum, London until August 11, 2013
I went into this exhibition liking a few Bowie songs - Rebel, Rebel and Heroes - but came out completely in love with the artist.
It shows that he isn't just a singer but a creative genius. He has so much control over every aspect of his image that it is just amazing and like all good artists his longevity is down to the fact that he changes and adapts to the world around him. Bowie is always one step in front of the curve, he was a Mod before they were cool, and was a pioneer of glam rock.
The V&A was given unprecedented access to David Bowie's archive to curate this, the first international retrospective. It features more than 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs and Bowie's own instruments.
The really amazing thing is that you go around with headphones on, and due to sensors around the exhibition the music and commentary plays when you get within reach, which is just great as it really is an interactive experience.
It is a great exhibition really thought out and planned to perfection but after seeing how Bowie has been throughout his whole career it isn't really any surprise that he would plan his exhibition to the last detail.
You find out so much about the artist and his influence on modern day culture today be it fashion or films. After the exhibition I really noticed how Lady Gaga is influenced by him in her style and ethos.
At the end of the exhibition you enter a room with costumes and things to do with his tour as well as three massive screens playing his concerts. At one point it had the same song on three screens but from different gigs over the years, at the end the audience clapped it was a fantastic gig atmosphere.
You even see props from Labyrinth...the amazing 80s film.
There was just a great atmosphere and I really think this is one of the best exhibitions the V&A has ever had. If you kind of like Bowie, or passionately love him go and see this, try and get tickets it really is amazing.
For more on the exhibition visit: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/david-bowie-is/