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Remembering David Bowie in virtual reality, too

10.01.2019

It has been three years since the pioneer of many things we consider as breakthrough in today’s music, fashion and art scene left us. David Bowie’s ‘quirk-exoticism’ and gender play made him one of the most intriguing icons of all times. Today we will be bringing you the places, even those virtual ones, where to rediscover the one person who changed so many rules and yes, yet not done with it.

The legend of an icon

David Bowie: he sold more than 140 million albums worldwide, he abolished all rules dictated in the music market, he went against the current, he created new moments: today David Bowie is not in a ‘moment’, and his passing has probably celebrated the timeless icon status.

What is it that you remember him for, now, three years after his death? His androgynous flamboyance, the array of extravagant costumes (watch them here in augmented reality), his eyeshadows, the slim silhouette or which one – or all of – the 26 albums David Bowie created in his musical career?

David Bowie is virtual

If you wanted to do more than just remembering David Bowie and experience his world first-hand, you can do it with the app related to the ‘David Bowie is’ exhibition – we will get to it in a second. The app has just been made available on 8th January 2019, which would have been David Bowie’s 72nd birthday. On the app you will be able to listen to the narration by British Oscar, Golden Globe and three time Bafta-winning actor Gary Oldman. Check it out here.

 

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David Bowie is, the exhibition

The app is based on the record-breaking exhibition ‘David Bowie is’,which attracted more than 2 million visitors across 12 cities. Rich in visuals and reflecting the visionary nature of Bowie and the songs he made, the exhibition ran for years, from March 2013 to July 2018, when it ended at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. A product of Victoria and Albert Museum curated by Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh.

 

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David Bowie is, the film

The exhibition has been accompanied by an eponymous documentary film,  directed by Hamish Hamilton, Katy Mullan, and Hanif Kureishi. The film, released in 2014, features insights from the curators on the stories behind David Bowie’s costumes and music videos to grasp how David Bowie’s ideas evolved through the years.

David Bowie’s ‘you did not know of’

Do you need to be an art connoisseur to be a great artist? That is a 1 million dollar question, but David Bowie was surely no stranger to art. He owned as many paintings and invaluable works the Guggenheim museum had their faces rubbed in when his entire collection was auctioned back in 2016. His family simply ‘did not have the space where to store them’: ‘them’ was works from Achille Castiglioni, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Marcel Duchamp and many more for a total of 350 pieces. The collection sold over two days for an outstanding   £32.9 million.

 

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