San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
“David Bowie Is” presents the first retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie—one of the most pioneering and influential performers of our time. Filmed at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum on the closing night of its sell-out run, this theatrical event brings together various objects from the David Bowie archive for the very first time. It is the V&A’s most successful exhibition of all time, selling more than 200,000 tickets over its run and is now on an international tour that has so far witnessed road-block success in Toronto and Sao Paulo. The exhibition is currently playing in Berlin before it arrives for an exclusive US run at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, opening on September 23rd.
The film is hosted by exhibition curators Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh who are joined by knowledgeable special guests to explore the stories behind some of the key exhibits from all stages of Bowie's eventful artistic career. Alongside some of the more prominent objects are more personal items such as never-before-seen storyboards, handwritten set lists and lyrics, and some of Bowie’s own sketches, musical scores, and diary entries, which help reveal the evolution of his creative ideas. It's directed by Hamish Hamilton, the BAFTA-winning director of the live TV coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.