The Bowie archives acquired by the V&A will have its own museum – People

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 & Albert Museum, which in recent months has completed the acquisition of Bowie’s vast archive: 80,000 objects including letters, costumes, photographs and other objects that Attributed to the life and career of one of the preeminent British musicians in history. and international rock and pop music, who passed away at the age of 69 in 2016.
The structure will be called the David Bowie Center for the Study of the Performing Arts and will be located in the east of the UK capital, the creative heart of recent decades not far from Brixton, the once famous southern suburb. DC which gave birth to the musician on January 8, 1947 and which was in 1962 provided the first stage for his eclectic eccentric genius, when he was still a teenager.
The collection — which Tristram Hunt, former MP and director of the prestigious V&A emphasized in a note — will also make available to the public unpublished elements “of the creative process of a musical innovator and ‘pop culture’ icon. It will include not only manuscripts of the song’s lyrics, sheet music, calligraphic letters, and musical instruments, but also costumes such as those made famous by the Ziggy Stardust album, dated 1972, or by the concerts of the Aladdin Sane tour of ’73. Plus photos and images by some of the greatest photographers of the 20th century 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.
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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