Bowie will have his own “centre”.

David Bowie will soon have an exclusive exhibition space in London, entirely dedicated to his memorabilia from 2025. The announcement comes today from the Victoria and Albert Museum, which in recent months has completed the acquisition of Bowie’s vast archive: 80,000 items including letters, costumes, photographs and other objects Attributed to the life and career of one of the preeminent British musicians in history. and international rock and pop musician, who died at the age of 69 in 2016. The facility will be called the David Bowie Center for the Study of the Performing Arts and will be located in the eastern region of the UK capital, a creative heart in recent decades quite far from Brixton, The famous southern suburb of the city that gave birth to the musician on January 8, 1947 and that in 1962 provided the first stage for his eclectic and eccentric genius, while still a teenager.

The collection — which Tristram Hunt, former MP and director of the prestigious V&A emphasized in a note — will make unreleased elements “from the creative process of the music creator and pop culture icon” available to the public. It will include not only manuscript lyrics, scores, graffiti, and instrumentals, but also costumes like those made famous for the “Ziggy Stardust” album, dated 1972, or the concerts for the Aladdin Sanes tour of ’73. Plus, photos and images taken by some of the greatest Twentieth century photographers such as Terry O’Neill, Brian Duffy, and Helmut Newton. “To become the custodians of these wonderful archives and to have the ability to open them to the public is a dream come true,” Hunt added.

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The operation, which highlights the Museum of London, was made possible by the will of David Bowie’s heirs, including his widow Iman and son Duncan, and his first wife Angie Barnett, and by a £10m earmarked donation for the painting. by the Blavatnik Family Foundation (a charitable foundation headed by British-American Soviet billionaire Len Blavatnik) and the music arm of entertainment giant Warner Group.

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