Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust, and Aladdin Sane are just a few of the faces and inspirations. David Bowie are getting a Permanent home London
Britain’s Victoria & Albert Museum announced Thursday that it has acquired Bowie’s archive As many as 80,000 Items a gift from the late musician’s estate. At the opening of the trove, which includes costumes, musical instruments and letters as well as photos, lyrics, photographs, and other items, will be open to all. a New arts center devoted to the chameleonlike pop icon.
It David Bowie Center for the Study of Performing Arts is due to open in 2025 as part of V&A East Storehouse, an offshoot of the U.K.’s national museum of art, design and performance that is being built in east London’s Olympic Park.
The V&A said the center will let fans and researchers gain insights into the creative process of Bowie, who died in 2016 at the age of 69.
Kate Bailey, the museum’s senior curator of theater and performance, said the archive It was “extraordinary” Record of a Creator whose “life was art.”
“Bowie’s a polymath, he’s multifaceted. He was inspired by all genres and disciplines,” She said. “He’s an artist who was working really in 360 — drawing from literature, but also drawing from art history … (and) the places that he’d been to.”
The musician — born plain old David Jones in the London suburbs in 1947 — reinvented himself restlessly, creating and shedding personas as he moved through musical styles from folk-rock to glam to soul to electronica.
He invented a Many larger than life stage characters. They have drawn influences from everything, including Japanese Kabuki theater to German Expressionist film. He has also influenced filmmakers, fashion designers, and advertisers.
Some of these items can be found in archive made up part of “David Bowie Is,” a After the exhibition, a multimedia exhibit was shown around the world. a sold-out run at the V&A in London in 2013.
Some iconic items include a Multicolored, quilted jumpsuit by Freddie Burretti Bowie’s alien rock star creation Ziggy Stardust, Kansai Yamamoto’s futuristic creations for the Aladdin Sane tour in 1973 or the Union Jack coat designed by Bowie and Alexander McQueen for the cover of 1997’s “Earthling” album.
Other personal touches include handwritten lyrics and letters for songs that are included in the national anthem. “Heroes,” Bowie also kept a number of notebooks throughout his lifetime. More than 70,000 photos, slides, and images are also contained in the archives.
The museum was able to secure the archive From the Bowie estate, and also received a 10 million pound ($12 million) donation from the Blavatnik Family Foundation and Warner Music Group to house and display it at V&A East, part of a On the spot of the London Olympics 2012, a new cultural and technological quarter is emerging.
It David Bowie Estate stated that “with David’s life’s work becoming part of the U.K.’s national collections, he takes his rightful place amongst many other cultural icons and artistic geniuses.”
V&A director Tristram Hunt called Bowie “one of the greatest musicians and performers of all time.”
“Bowie’s radical innovations across music, theatre, film, fashion, and style — from Berlin to Tokyo to London — continue to influence design and visual culture and inspire creatives from Janelle Monáe to Lady Gaga to Tilda Swinton and Raf Simons,” He stated.
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