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“DAVID BOWIE IS” – THE EXHIBITION

May 31, 2017

From May 25th 2017 the Design Museum of Barcelona will host the exhibition “Is David Bowie.” The show, a production of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, has already received over a million and a half visitors in eight cities over the world, between them Berlin, Paris and Chicago. This exhibition is the most visited in the 164 years of history of the British museum.

The Design Museum of Barcelona will be the only place in Spain to host the exclusive “David Bowie Is” exhibition. The always innovative and multidisciplinary dimension of the works of Bowie, connects with the commitment shown by the Museum and explore the connections between art and design, especially in the field of graphic design and fashion.

David BowieThe exhibition features more than 300 objects, including photographs, record covers, handwritten lyrics, original costumes, stage designs and new material of the artist during the past five decades, facilitated by David Bowie Archive. “David Bowie Is” is an in-depth look at how music and the radical individualism of David Bowie has inspired other artists to challenge conventions and look for freedom of expression.

The exhibition focuses on the diversity of the work of David Bowie, the variety of sources of inspiration and the close relationship between many disciplines and forms of expression. His music and his radical individualism not only influenced by artistic movements of fashion, design and contemporary culture, but Bowie also left their mark in these fields.

The exhibition revises retail career of this exceptional artist since the early years of David Robert Jones as a young artist until he became David Bowie, the famous global superstar.

In the exhibition you can see more than 60 costumes used in Bowie concerts, including the bodies of Ziggy Stardust (1972) designed by Freddie Buretti; the Kansai Yamamoto ostentatious creations for the Aladdin Sane tour (1973) and coat made from the fabric of the Union Jack designed by Bowie and Alexander McQueen for the cover of the album Earthling (1997).

All this coexists with the greatest amount of personal belongings of the artist who has never been exhibited before: storyboards, handwritten letters and directories, as well as sketches, musical scores and texts that shows that Bowie is the result of the evolution of his creative ideas.

Where: Design Museum of Barcelona, Pl. de les Glòries Catalanes, 37, 08038, Barcelona

When: From 25th of May to 30th of July.

Visiting hours:  Monday from 16:00h to 20:00h, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 10:00h to 20:00h, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00h to 21:00h

Tickets: General admission: 14,90 to 24,90€, Special: Children 3 to 11 years and over 65 years – 9:90€

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