“He’s in the best-selling show”
On Sunday the Observer newspaper in the UK reported the excitement surrounding the launch of the David Bowie is Exhibition at the V&A this coming Saturday thusly: “Bowie mania as V&A exhibition smashes records”.
The item went on to declare that the exhibition is breaking all previous records at the museum adding that “More than 42,000 advance tickets for the in-depth retrospective have been sold, more than double the advance sales of previous exhibitions.”
All this in the week that The Next Day became the nation’s favourite long player when it hit the #1 spot on the official UK album chart and it was announced that it is the fastest selling album so far this year.
There has barely been a day since January 9th when David Bowie hasn't been in one of the UK newspapers in some shape or form. Bowiemania indeed.
Anyway, Monday saw excellent eye-witness previews of the David Bowie is Exhibition published in both The Guardian and the London Evening Standard among other publications.
The Standard has a three page feature which includes first-hand accounts of the show from Gary Kemp, Jarvis Cocker, Boy George, Pam Hogg and Jeremy Deller, which you can read here.
Elsewhere in the paper there's a 5-star review by Ben Luke which concludes: “David Bowie Is… a triumph”.
We’ll leave you with the closing paragraph of the Petridis review.
But David Bowie Is ends in triumph anyway. The floor-to-ceiling screens showing live footage are genuinely awe-inspiring, a final room collects together umpteen examples of how his influence has leaked not just into music but everyday life: fashion, packaging, video game design, advertising. As it turned out, the plan about communicating ideas that Bowie outlined in the Beckenham Arts Lab proposal seems to have worked out perfectly.
The David Bowie is Exhibition at the V&A opens on Saturday March 23 and runs until Aug 11.