David Bowie Is

One of the most successful exhibitions in recent years: David Bowie Is has landed in Bologna. The exhibition debuted at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in 2013 and continued its journey in Chicago, San Paolo, Toronto, Paris, Berlin, Melbourne and Groningen and on 14th July it landed for its final stage in Italy (and its only Italian stop off) and last European location. It will be shown at the MAMbo in Bologna (Museo d’arte moderna di Bologna) until 13th November 2016.

The exhibition is the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of one of the most influential and innovative artists of this period. The journey will lead the visitors through multimedia contents to understand the creative process of the White Duke and how his work has influenced, in so many ways, different aspects of arts, design, theatre and culture.

David Bowies Is is divided into three sections. The first part is an introduction to his life and first years of his career in London from 1960 until the breaking point in 1966 with “Space Oddity”, the second section explains the creative process of the Duke and where and by whom he was inspired and finally the third one will drive visitors to the fantastic world of his concerts, living the moment with a mixture of audio and videos and original dresses and material. Over 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork and rare performance material from the past five decades are brought together from the David Bowie Archive for the very first time.


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MAMbo is dedicated to visual culture and experimentation. It is a centre of production and a critical workshop for interdisciplinary contemporary culture. The permanent collection of the museum offers an interpretation of Italian art through the history of the Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Bologna and the most recent developments of Focus on Contemporary Italian Art. Since 2012 MAMbo hosts the Museo Morandi, the largest and most significant public collection in the world dedicated to Giorgio Morandi.

Via Don Giovanni Minzoni, 14, 40100 Bologna, Italy

Read about Bologna, “La Dotta, La Grassa e La Rossa” in our latest issue of The Journal.

Issue No. 9



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