MAY 20 – AUGUST 10, 2014

From May 20 to August 10, 2014 the international exhibition David Bowie is presented at Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. The immersive multimedia show was curated by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and presents the first retrospective about the exceptional career of the pop and style icon David Bowie.

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London was given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie - one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times. The exhibition David Bowie explores the creative processes of Bowie as a musical innovator and cultural icon, tracing his shifting style and sustained reinvention across five decades.

The V&A’s Theatre and Performance curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh selected more than 300 objects from the David Bowie Archive and brought them together for the very first time. They include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, Bowie’s own instruments and album artwork.

The exhibition explores the broad range of Bowie’s collaborations with artists and designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theatre, art and film. On display are Ziggy Stardust bodysuits (1972) designed by Freddy Buretti, Kansai Yamamoto’s designed bodysuit for the Aladdin Sane Tour (1973) and the Union Jack coat designed by Alexander McQueen in collaboration with David Bowie for the Earthling album cover (1997). Visitors will see photography by Brian Duffy, Terry O’Neill, Masayoshi Sukita, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts und John Rowlands, album sleeve artwork by Guy Peellaert and Edward Bell, visual excerpts from films and live performances including The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) and Saturday Night Live (1979), music videos such as Boys Keep Swinging (1979) and Let’s Dance (1983) and set designs created for the Diamond Dogs tour (1974).


10.00 - 20.00 daily
No closing day
Cash desk closes at 19.15


Niederkirchnerstraße 7
10963 Berlin