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Thursday, 16 May 2013

CULTURE: Victoria & Albert Museum, LONDON

A morning spent at the V&A is a morning well spent

 ‘David Bowie Is’ 
[March 23- August 11, 2013] 

A remarkable show, outstandingly well curated.

An excellent, informative article on Bowie, his life, by Ian Buruma ‘The Invention of David Bowie’ in the New York Review of Books [May 23-June 5, 2013] …Bowie changed the way many people looked in the 1970’s, 1980’s even the 1990’s…it is entirely fitting that the Victoria and Albert Museum should stage a huge exhibition of Bowie’s stage clothes, as well as music videos, handwritten song lyrics, film clips, artwork, scripts, storyboards, and other Bowieana from his personal archive..

In marked contrast, the Zeitgeist of the past decades, a well-mannered show Treasures of the Royal Courts shows the Tudors and Stuarts had close relationships with the Russian Tsars.  Elizabethan silver-gilt at its most magnificent lent by the Kremlin Museum.  Objects given to the Tsars, once looking dismal and tarnished in their glass cases, can now be seen in all their splendour.  

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