Much-awaited David Bowie exhibit arrives in Toronto

October 3, 2013

And so it’s here!

David Bowie’s exhibit is coming straight from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, and is making its North America’s debut in Toronto. The hit exhibition opened to the public on Sept.25 and will run until Nov.27, 2013. It includes culture icon’s original stage costumes, instruments, album art and music videos.

Spanning five decades and featuring more than 300 objects from Bowie’s personal archive, the multimedia show exposes the artist’s collaborations in the fields of fashion, sound, theatre, art and film. Toronto is the exhibition’s first stop on its world tour.

Striped bodysuit for the Aladdin. Sane tour, 1973. Design by Kansai Yamamoto. Photograph by Masayoshi Sukita © Sukita / The David Bowie Archive.

Striped bodysuit for the Aladdin Sane tour, 1973. Design by Kansai Yamamoto. Photograph by Masayoshi Sukita
© Sukita / The David Bowie Archive.

This is Bowie’s first international exhibition. The British-born musician and performer (born David Robert Jones in 1947) has sold more than 140 million albums to-date.

Organized thematically, the show immerses visitors in a spectacular and interactive trip through Bowie’s numerous personae and legendary performances, with particular attention paid to his artistic influences. His experiments with Surrealism, German Expressionism, Music Hall, mime and Japanese Kabuki performance are all explored in an explosion of colour, light and sound.

The exhibit can be found on the fourth and fifth floors of the AGO’s contemporary tower. In addition to Bowie’s own handwritten set lists, lyrics, diary entries, instruments and sketches, the show also presents the many artists who have collaborated with him over the years.

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By FAJO's editorial team
Photography by / courtesy of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Duffy Archive, The David Bowie Archive™, Victoria and Albert Museum

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