Described by The Times as “stylish & outrageous” and The Guardian as “a triumph”, the exhibition features a remarkable collection of photographs, stage costumes, and other rare possessions from the David Bowie Archive. The exhibition was the fastest selling in the V&A’s history and is now on a global tour that has already travelled to Toronto, Sao Paulo, and Berlin to universal acclaim, opening next at the MCA in Chicago until January 4 2015.
The film takes the audience on an extraordinary journey through the David Bowie is exhibition with special guests including legendary Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, Pulp front‐man Jarvis Cocker, and other collaborators, to explore the stories behind some of the key objects that document Bowie’s artistic career. The exhibition curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, provide fascinating insight into the most memorable music videos and original costumes, as well as more personal items such as never‐ before‐seen handwritten lyrics, album cover artwork, set designs and diary entries, which reveal the creativity and evolution of Bowie’s ideas.
The documentary was filmed on the closing night of the V&A exhibition in London and directed by Done & Dusted’s Hamish Hamilton, the BAFTA winning director of the Academy Awards and the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Tickets for the theater screenings and the exhibition at the MCA are on sale from Thursday, July 31, 2014.
The exhibition's curators Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh from the V&A Department of Theatre & Performance said: “We are delighted that as this extraordinary exhibition travels the world, people will get the chance to immerse themselves in a cinematic experience from the original London show. The film offers fascinating detail about key objects from the David Bowie Archive, commentary from special guest contributors and a fantastic soundtrack!”
Grant Calton, CEO of Omniverse said: “We are thrilled to be working with the V&A and MCA and to give anyone who is not able to get to Chicago the chance to experience this incredible exhibition.”
Michael Darling, Chief Curator of the MCA, said: “This documentary brings to life how David Bowie embraced creativity from a variety of fields including performance art, music, dance, theater, and the visual arts, and fostered collaborations with artists of all kinds throughout his life. We are fortunate to have this film’s debut coinciding with the MCA’s opening of this extraordinary exhibition.”
Notes to Editors
-Tickets on sale from July 31, 2014
-The documentary film will be screened in 100 theaters across the US.
-David Bowie Is the documentary film will be screened at all participating theaters on Tuesday September 23, 2014
About the David Bowie Is exhibition
David Bowie Is presents the first international exhibition of the extraordinary career of David Bowie—one of the most pioneering and influential performers of our time. The exhibition focuses on his creative processes and 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. The exhibition’s multimedia design introduces advanced sound technology by Sennheiser and video installations to create an immersive journey through Bowie’s artistic life. David Bowie Is was organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago from September 23, 2014 to January 4, 2015.
About Omniverse Vision
Omniverse Vision produces and distributes unique content for all media platforms with a particular focus on live event cinema. Founded in 2010, Omniverse Vision has built a network of digital exhibition partners in over 60 territories, giving access to over 5,000 cinema sites around the world. Omniverse Vision has released more than 30 titles including the legendary Led Zeppelin concert “Celebration Day,” “The Phantom of the Opera – 25th Anniversary Concert” and “Muse Live at Rome Olympic Stadium” the first concert film filmed and released in 4K Ultra HD.
About the V&A
The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. It was established to make works of art available to all and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. Today, the V&A’s collections, which span over 2000 years of human creativity in virtually every medium and from many parts of the world, continue to intrigue, inspire and inform.
About V&A Shop
The V&A Shop is home to the official product range that accompanies the David Bowie is exhibition and features a range of exclusive limited edition and hard‐to‐ find prints by the likes of Brian Duffy, John Rowlands, Terry O’Neil, specially designed t‐shirts, and a collection of postcards and accessories to commemorate this popular retrospective. The book, which accompanies the exhibition is the first to be granted access to Bowie’s ersonal archive of performance costume, ephemera and original design artwork. The award winning title presents a completely new perspective on his creative work and collaborations with essays by Christopher Frayling, Howard Goodall, Jon Savage and Camile Paglia.