This David Bowie Exhibition Is Breaking Records
The “David Bowie Is” exhibition is the first international retrospective on the artist’s life and career, and is now officially the most-visited exhibit in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum's 164-year history.
The museum announced the record—more than 1.5 million visitors—this week.
The exhibition includes more than 300 archive objects, from Bowie's handwritten lyrics and original costumes to set designs and personal instruments.
Visitors will also find a range of photography, film, music videos, and album artwork, and can learn about the collaborative role he played with the artists in everything from fashion to design.
About 60 costumes were chosen for the display, including Ziggy Stardust suits, and never-before artifacts like personal sketches, musical scores, and diary entries, give an inside-look into Bowie's progression and career.
“Best bit is lyrics, costume, and video of Life on Mars,” co-curator Geoff Marsh posted on Twitter. “Lots of visitors shed lots of tears when they see these.”
Victoria Broackes, co-curator of the exhibit, said Bowie himself visited the exhibit and was moved by the experience.
“In the course of a couple of hours he seemed to go from showing his family the objects to becoming genuinely affected by the experience,” Broackes said in a statement.
The exhibition has been touring internationally since it opened in 2013, making stops in Canada, Australia, and Brazil, and is currently on display at the Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna in Italy until November 13.
It will then open at the Terrada G1 building in Tokyo, Japan from January 8 to April 9 before making its final run at the Museu Del Disseny de Barcelona in Spain from May 25.