He is one of the most kaleidoscopic, influential and innovative artist of all times. With his look, his lyrics and his music he has redefined the modern musical style. David Bowie, the White Duke, author of masterpieces such as “Heroes” and “Life On Mars”, is the protagonist of “David Bowie Is”, the first retrospective dedicated to the extraordinary career of the artist. The White Duke’s lovers, from July 14th to November 13th will be able to know a little more about him in Bologna, at Mambo – Modern Art Museum, that will host the exhibition “David Bowie is”, started in London in 2013, and then transferred to Chicago, St. Paul, Toronto, Paris, Berlin, Melbourne and Groningen. Bologna is the only Italian place and the last European city that will host the retrospective.
More than 300 objects, selected by the curators of the exhibition Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh from the Bowie’s personal archive, including manuscripts, handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photographs, sets reconstructions, instruments, movies, personal items, and much more. The result is a journey through five decades of life and career of an artist who combined music, visual arts, fashion, writing, cinema, changing and influencing all these fields.
The exhibition is developed through multimedia contents, leading visitors into an emotional journey that describes the creative process of David Bowie, using videos, theatrical installations and animations. The exhibition is divided into three main sections: the first part describes the first years of career in London in 1960, the second part reveals the sources of inspiration of his music, and the last section will experience the great live concerts of Bowie, including set reconstructions and costumes.
Do not miss the original outfits of Ziggy Stardust (1972), realized by Freddie Burretti, the album sleeve artwork edited by Guy Peellaert and Edward Bell, the Brian Duffy photographs, the unique pieces of live performances such of The Man Who Fell to Earth and furnishings created for the Diamond Dogs tour (1974).
The occasion is also ideal for visiting Bologna; with its porticos, its squares, food and wine and the many local attractions it is the perfect city for a weekend dedicated to art, culture and good food. Find out your hotel!