Now open at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, the blockbuster exhibition David Bowie is. The AGO is the first North American stop for the show which arrived direct from its record-breaking run at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
The exhibition is the first international show devoted to the groundbreaking musician and glam style icon born in Brixton, London, in 1947. Curators at the Victoria and Albert Museum were given unprecedented access to David Bowie’s personal archive. Spanning five decades, the 300 objects in the exhibition include handwritten lyrics, diary entries, instruments, music, videos, set designs, photographs, film memorabilia and stage costumes.
Organized thematically, the show guides visitors on an multimedia trip through Bowie’s legendary career, performances and stage personae like Starman, Aladdin Sane and the Thin White Duke.
An advanced audio guide system and 3D sound experience created by Sennheiser make the exhibition an immersive sound and visual spectacle.
Speaking at a press preview held September 23, 2013, V&A curator Victoria Broackes commented that Bowie’s individualism inspired a generation and this exhibition is inspiring another. The official opening yesterday evening saw dozens of Bowie impersonators and fans arrive at the AGO kitted out in Bowie style, shown in this CTV Toronto news video of the event.
Whispers that David Bowie himself may come to see the show in Toronto are speculative. Bowie is said to dislike flying but the short flight time from New York City, where he lives, has some insiders wondering whether the artist may make the trip to Toronto to see the exhibition at some point.
David Bowie is on at the Art Gallery of Ontario until November 27, 2013, after which the show heads to Chicago, Sao Paulo and Paris. For exhibition tickets and information on related events, see the Art Gallery of Ontario.