Sunday, 19 May 2013

David Bowie is...

...utterly, and truly amazing.

From The Upcoming online magazine:
David Bowie is boasts the perfect balance of historical interrogation and compelling declaration of a man with nothing to declare except his sequinned genes. A man who sold the world and lived to tell the tale: this is the definitive display of the world’s most revered chameleon, comedian, Corinthian and caricature, in all his slash-backed splendour...

...every piece plays an intrinsic role in the storytelling process – be it the guitar the 16-year-old singer played when he was still known as Davey Jones, to a pocket-size metal spoon carried on Bowie’s person for the sole purpose of consuming cocaine. On entering the stimulating realm of the Thin White Duke, we are met by the famous Kansai Yamamoto bodysuit created for Aladdin Sane (just one of multiple personae developed by the singer as catalysts for his expressive excesses). The exhibition showcases Bowie’s almost pathological need to reinvent and rediscover himself: tortured mime, cracked actor, artistic tricoteur, always ready and waiting to pounce on the next dynamic creative wave.

I cannot put into words the sheer impact of the David Bowie is exhibition that I went to see at the V&A yesterday (before Eurovision celebrations took over our cultural world). I will merely quote Mr Bowie himself:

"All art is unstable. Its meaning is not necessarily that implied by the author. There is no authoritative voice. There are only multiple readings"

David Bowie is at the V&A until 11th August 2013. It is apparently practically sold out.


  1. Replies
    1. It was remarkably like a temple to David Bowie, and we came to worship! Jx

  2. Wow - no wonder you were impressed.

    1. I have never experienced anything quite like it! Every detail, every note, every piece of fabric, practically everything he has ever touched was there... Simply breathtaking. Jx

  3. So glad to finally see this in Chicago. Simply amazing!

    1. It truly was a stunning celebration - so glad you experienced it too. Jx


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