David Bowie is so very, very popular at the V&A (****)

I wish I could attend! Thanks for the review Chris:)

Grubby Strugglers

The cultural icon that is David Bowie gets his first retrospective exhibition at the V&A. Overwhelmingly populist, it’s (unsurprisingly) outsold every other exhibition the V&A has ever put on, and has been timed well to coincide with the man’s latest album, but there is more to this than just another publicity exercise.

It’s rather fortuitously timed, this David Bowie retrospective, with his new album just being released. But whether this is all part of some well-oiled PR drive is just conjecture: the V&A’s retrospective has little connection with the man himself, apart from being given access to his archive of costumes, instruments and other paraphernelia, and it seems he hasn’t even attended yet. It’s also, to be honest, quite irrelevant: Bowie’s iconic status, obsession with costume and set design and striking imagery are well worth analysis, and this exhibition delivers much-needed insight into the factors that have made him such…

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