The exhibition

DAVID BOWIE IS looking at


Last few days to visit the international exhibition DAVID BOWIE IS at the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona.

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this spectacular show of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), one of the most successful exhibitions in the long-standing history of the London museum.

The V&A was given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie – one of the most pioneering and influential performers of our times.

DAVID BOWIE IS explores the creative processes of David Bowie as a musical innovator and cultural icon, tracing his shifting style and sustained reinvention across five decades.

The V&A’s Theatre and Performance curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh selected more than 300 objects that were brought together for the very first time. They include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, Bowie’s own instruments and album artwork.

DAVID BOWIE IS takes an in-depth look at how David Bowie’s art has inspired others to challenge convention and pursue freedom of expression.

His music and radical individualism were not only influenced by movements in art, fashion, design and contemporary culture, but Bowie left his own mark on them as well.

Collaborative work

The exhibition also focuses on his collaborative work with artists and designers, and demonstrates how his work has both influenced and been influenced by wider movements in art, design, music, and theater.

On display are more than 60 stage attire including Ziggy Stardust bodysuits (1972) designed by Freddie Buretti; Kansai Yamamoto’s flamboyant creations for the Aladdin Sane tour (1973); and the Union Jack coat designed by Bowie and Alexander McQueen for the Earthling album cover (1997). Also on view is photography by Brian Duffy, Terry O’Neill, and Masayoshi Sukita; album sleeve artwork by Guy Peellaert and Edward Bell; cover proofs by Barnbrook for the latest album The Next Day (2013); visual excerpts from films and live performances, including The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) and Saturday Night Live (1979); music videos such as Boys Keep Swinging (1979) and Let’s Dance (1983); and set designs created for the Diamond Dogs tour (1974).

Alongside these are more personal items such as never before-seen storyboards, handwritten set lists and lyrics, as well as some of Bowie’s own sketches, musical scores, and writings, revealing the evolution of his creative ideas.

An inmersive

The retrospective DAVID BOWIE IS creates a comprehensive audio-visual exhibition experience using multimedia technology at the most advanced technical level. Visitors can immerse themselves in the artist’s sonorous worlds by using Sennheiser headsets.

Thanks to them it is possible to listen to the soundtrack that accompanies the exposed works, so that they integrate the sound & visión material fusing it with the route through the exhibition.

*Sennheiser headsets included in the price of the ticket.

International success

The best-selling exhibition DAVID BOWIE IS has been on a worldwide tour since its inception at the V&A in 2013, and has travelled to nine venues in countries including Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Australia, Brazil or Japan, before coming to Barcelona.

The V&A has recently announced that it has surpassed 1.5 million visitors to its landmark DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition, making it the most-visited show in the Museum’s 164-year history.