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David Bowie Est… Arrivé

April 02, 2015
David Bowie Is
Much like Ziggy Stardust did some 40 years ago, the Victoria & Albert Museum-curated David Bowie Is exhibition has taken the world by storm since its premiere two years ago, showing in cultural capitals from Chicago to Berlin to Melbourne. And now the jet-set retrospective that documents the extraordinary career of the iconic Space Oddity singer has finally landed in the City of Lights at the aptly cutting-edge new Philharmonie de Paris.

As innovative and multi-faceted as the Starman himself, the pop culture spectacular includes 25 displays with more than 300 items chronicling the ever-ch-ch-changing personas of the pioneering performer. In addition to handwritten lyrics, intimate diary entries and personal instruments, the expo brings together Bowie’s own set design sketches and album artwork, showcasing his diverse creative abilities.

Collaborative works with other artists are also highlighted in pieces ranging from an outlandish bodysuit designed by Freddie Burretti to the avant-garde photography of Brian Duffy. And of course, sound and vision elements are the display’s true Heroes with rare excerpts of live performances, film clips from cult hits like The Man Who Fell to Earth, music videos and state-of-the-art audio accompaniments. However, given how popular the show has been in previous locations, you’ll have to zoom in faster than Major Tom in his tin can spaceship to get past those queues.

Until 31 May, 2015.

Philharmonie de Paris / 221 ave Jean Jaurès, 9th / +33 1 44 84 44 84 / noon-6pm Tue, noon-8pm Wed-Thu, 10am-10pm Fri-Sat, 10am-8pm Sun / philharmoniedeparis.fr


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