David Bowie Exhibition to open at the V&A

Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane 1973 Photograph by Brian Duffy - Duffy ArchiveNews of the David Bowie exhibition coming to the V&A later this year broke some time ago, but with the grand opening edging closer and the release of surprise new material from stardust mansions, we thought it would be a good idea to put out a bit of a reminder. With more than forty years creating some of the greatest music ever recorded and cutting a fashionable, otherworldly iconic image for himself, David Bowie is a genuine living legend and the new exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum should make for a stunning reiteration of this.

David Bowie started lighting up the music billboards on the back the success of his first commercial hit, Space Oddity, released in 1969. He’s recorded 23 studio albums, featured in more than 25 films, and will soon be adding to his catalogue with the release of The Next Day on the 11th March 2013.


Opening on the 23rd March 2013, the exhibition is set to run through until the 28th July 2013. It will be an extraordinary retrospective on the life and career of a lad insane, Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust and the Goblin King. The museum has been given a significant back stage pass to the David Bowie archive to curate the exhibition, so expect to see a packed display of curios from the last 40 odd years.

The exhibition itself is called David Bowie Is and it promises to feature more than 300 objects from the archive. It’s set to include a wide array of items ranging from stage costumes and style choices, to hand written lyrics, set lists and diary entries, photographs, videos from his movie appearances as well as his music vids, musical scores, structures from the set designs of some of his tours and the instruments that helped him record some of his greatest hits.

Tickets for the exhibition are £14.00 (plus a £1.40 booking fee per ticket), £11.00 for senior citizens (plus a £1.20 booking fee per ticket); £9.00 for full-time students, 12–17 year olds, ES40 holders, disabled people (+£1.20 booking fee per ticket) and there are family ticket options available. Visit the V&A website for more details.

Check out our David Bowie infographic to see the Starman’s massive contribution to music.