The Brooklyn Museum will be the final stop for an exhibit devoted to pop icon David Bowie. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, David Bowie Is , the first retrospective dedicated to Bowie’s five-decade career, makes its New York debut March 2, 2018.
“Bowie himself left England in 1974 to eventually settle in America, so we could not be more delighted that the final leg of the tour brings the show back to New York, where Bowie made his home,” said V&A curator Victoria Broackes, who calls the show’s popularity “a testament to Bowie’s depth, breadth and worldwide reach and the public’s interest in the processes of creation behind such a uniquely influential performer.”
David Bowie Is features more than 300 objects culled from the artist’s personal archives, spanning the period from his teen years to his death in 2016. Pieces on display include original costumes, handwritten lyrics, photography, set designs for 1974’s Diamond Dogs tour, album artwork, and rare performance material.
The Brooklyn Museum presentation will include items that haven’t been part of the exhibit yet.
As much as the show is a celebration of the Thin White Duke, it also celebrates his collaborations with other creative geniuses: On view will be the Ziggy Stardust bodysuits designed by Freddie Burretti, Kansai Yamamoto’s costumes for the Aladdin Sane tour and the Union Jack coat Bowie and Alexander McQueen designed for Earthling album cover in 1997.