David Bowie exhibit breaks museum record
David Bowie. (C.Smith/WENN.COM)
A retrospective exhibition of the life and work of David Bowie has become the most visited show in the history of London’s Victoria And Albert Museum.
The London landmark, which is a favourite with both tourists and residents, launched the retrospective in early 2013, titled David Bowie Is, three years before the Starman singer died. Bowie passed away in January at the age of 69 after a secret battle with cancer.
Since its opening, the exhibition has travelled all over the world. So far 1.5 million visitors have taken in the Bowie-themed showcase in countries including Canada, Brazil and France.
About 312,000 of those visitors were attributed to the exhibition’s debut at the V&A museum, a record breaking figure.
Currently fans can see items from the David Bowie Archive at Italy’s Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna.
When the exhibit closes there on Nov. 13, it will head to its final location, the Warehouse TERRADA G1 Building in Tokyo, Japan. It will be shown there from Jan. 8 to April 9 next year.
The exhibition is made up of over 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork and rare performance material.
“We are absolutely delighted that the exhibition has been seen by so many people worldwide,” said co-curator Geoff Marsh, according to the BBC.
“It’s been an amazing journey to go from our first visits to the archive to transporting the exhibition to its ninth venue in Tokyo.”
The V&A opened its doors in 1852 and has curated a vast array of exhibitions, covering everything from Alexander McQueen’s designs to the popular Wedding Dress 1775-2014 show.