“Tour through the extraordinary David Bowie is exhibition with special insights from the show’s curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh. Explore the stories behind some of the key objects that document Bowie’s artistic career: music videos, original costumes, never-before-seen handwritten lyrics, album cover artwork, set designs and diary entries, all of which reveal the creativity and evolution of Bowie’s ideas.”
Considering David Bowie is essentially documents the production of an exhibition, which will be coming to Melbourne in 2015, the film not only offers a remarkable amount of insight into the subject of that exhibition, but also manages to be a reasonably gripping documentary in its own right. The subject is, of course, popular cultural icon David Bowie, whose career has spanned decades with almost unparalleled influence on his industry. If the film, encompassing briefly what a day spent at the exhibition could effectively elaborate on, is anything to go by then this assembly of information on the star is perhaps the most comprehensive observation of Bowie ever established.
Suggesting that David Bowie is is an absolutely essential experience for fans of the artist almost diminishes the astonishing collection of the exhibition, and the cohesion with which it is drawn together. One exhibition-goer likens the experience to wandering through Bowie’s mind. Fans are confronted with costumes that punctuated their adolescence, or handwritten lyrics to songs that helped define them as people. But to the casual Bowie appreciator, or indeed anyone who knows nothing about the man, David Bowie is is the penetration of a remarkable artist, regardless of one’s appreciation of him and his work.
It is an easy enough thing for an aficionado to herald genius, but more relevant is the almost indisputable proof of Bowie’s immense creativity that David Bowie is thoroughly offers. His work as a sketcher and an artists is unexpectedly proficient. His lyricism is discussed and its ambiguous poetry highlighted. Professional photographers marvel at Bowie’s natural understanding of composition and striking imagery. His complete control over almost all his creative sensibilities appears paramount. David Bowie is was a surprisingly compelling film to a casual appreciator of the man’s work – more a look at a complete artist than supporter distorted view of the man’s work – and is a handy indicator of the upcoming exhibition.
Please Note: Tickets to the David Bowie is exhibition go on sale at the end of 2014. Register for pre-sale tickets to the exhibition.