The Blockbuster Exhibition from the V & A David Bowie Is Re-released in Vue cinemas and selected venues this July
The documentary film of the ground-breaking exhibition David Bowie is, created by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London in 2013, is being re-released in Vue cinemas and selected venues across the UK on 14 July. Filmed on the closing night of the exhibition in 2013, this cinema re-release offers another opportunity to explore this international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie.
Described by The Times as “stylish & outrageous” and The Guardian as “a triumph”, the David Bowie is exhibition was the fastest selling in the V&A’s history, featuring a remarkable collection of handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, Bowie’s own instruments and album artwork from the David Bowie Archive. The film takes the audience on a fascinating journey through the 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 expert 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 exhibition's curators Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh from the V&A Department of Theatre & Performance comment “We were deeply saddened to hear of the death of David Bowie. His far-reaching influence on cultural life is unparalleled and the film offers illuminating detail about key objects from the David Bowie Archive with commentary from special guest contributors and a fantastic soundtrack.”
The David Bowie is exhibition is on a global tour that has already travelled to Toronto, São Paulo, Berlin, Chicago, Paris, Melbourne and Groningen in The Netherlands to universal acclaim.
The David Bowie is documentary was directed by Hamish Hamilton, the BAFTA winning director of the Academy Awards and the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. It is being distributed to cinemas worldwide by Event Cinema specialist More2Screen.
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About the David Bowie is exhibition
The V&A was given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of David Bowie’s extraordinary career. Bowie was one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times and the exhibition brings together more than 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork and rare performance material from the past five decades. Bowie’s work has both influenced and been influenced by wider movements in art, design, theatre and contemporary culture and the exhibition focuses on his creative processes, shifting style and collaborative work with diverse designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theatre and film. The exhibition is currently on a global tour, at Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, Italy, from 14 July - 13 November 2016 and Terrada G1, Tokyo, Gapan from 8 January - 9 April 2017.
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 personal 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.
Recently voted Europe’s Best Event Cinema Distributor*, More2Screen has more than 9 years’ experience acquiring and distributing world-class opera, ballet, music concerts, theatre and special event films to 5,000 cinemas in 60+ international territories – including 50+ live broadcasts and over 150 different recorded productions, plus 3D live/recorded content. The company has also won two ECA Box Office Awards: Queen Hungarian Rhapsody (100,000+ worldwide admissions) in 2013 and Pompeii from the British Museum (100,000+ worldwide admissions) in 2014. We’re passionate about bringing the finest entertainment content closer to local audiences across the globe, from distributing magnificent opera and ballet productions in partnership with Europe’s leading companies including the Royal Opera House, the Mariinsky Theatre and the Lincoln Center, to first-class classical music concerts from the Berliner Philharmoniker. In the growing area of museum events we are the international distributor for the British Museum’s ground-breaking Pompeii from the British Museum and Vikings from the British Museum. Our ever-expanding repertoire also features live and recorded pop music events from best-selling artists like The Rolling Stones, Adele, Queen, Peter Gabriel, Def Leppard, Morrissey and the Backstreet Boys, plus theatre must-sees Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds, Stephen Sondheim's Company, Broadway’s Romeo and Juliet starring Orlando Bloom and The Importance Of Being Earnest featuring David Suchet as Lady Bracknell. *(ECA Awards 2015)