NEW YORK: A globe-trotting, crowd-packing exhibition exploring the many sides of David Bowie opens this weekend in its final venue of New York, also the last home of the late rock legend.
“David Bowie is” — the show’s title keeps the answer ambiguous — presents Bowie not only as a rock pioneer but as a skilled actor, fashion icon, inquisitive visual artist and even as a mime.
The exhibition, which opened five years ago at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, opened on Friday at the Brooklyn Museum where it will close on July 15.
Curators at the Victoria and Albert said that the exhibition has already drawn nearly 1.8 million visitors in the 11 cities where it has been presented including Barcelona, Berlin, Chicago, Melbourne, Paris, Tokyo, Toronto and Sao Paulo.
The trajectory of “David Bowie is” mirrors the path of the artist himself, who was born in London and settled in the early 1990s in New York, where he died in 2016 from a secret battle with cancer.
“When Bowie first visited New York in 1971 in his 20s he described it as a city like I fantasized over since by teens,” Tim Reeve, deputy director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, said at a preview.
“So it is fitting indeed that a place that David Bowie came to know as home should be the final stop on an incredible journey,” he said.
The Brooklyn Museum said it added some 100 objects to the exhibition to reflect Bowie’s time in the US.