Yesterday I finally made it to see the ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition at ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) at Fed Square. I met up with my friends Peggy and Hugh and we were all super excited. I was so glad to be sharing it with Peggy as she has been my music lover buddy for over 15 years now.
Wow, wow and wow! The exhibit was nothing short of awesome and incredibly inspiring. (I apologise in advance for my overuse of adjectives in this post).
There was so much to see and learn about Bowie I could have spent hours in there. I didn’t expect the exhibit to go into such detail, it must have taken years to curate. We saw handwritten lyrics, album covers artwork, short films, so many amazing costumes, photography, paintings and sketches created by Bowie himself, interviews, snippets from old theatre performances and so much more.
My favourite part was seeing all the design work that went into his album covers. There was a huge collage that would become the cover of the Scary Monsters album. It was a couple of metres long and showed the detail in how artwork used to be set up before everything was designed on computers. Each song title was handwritten, cut out and pasted together. There was a lifesize photographic print, torn and pasted on with polaroid photographs. The actual sketch of Bowie’s face was amazing, so bright and vibrant. This was definitely a highlight for me.
The photography throughout the exhibit was fantastic and showed the many faces of such a brilliant and overwhelmingly talented creative, as Peggy called him, a chameleon.
There were lots of interesting facts and one that I didn’t know, was the reason Bowie has two different coloured eyes. At school in the playground at age 14, he was punched in the eye and the pupil in the left eye was permanently dilated.
It’s the last week of the exhibition (the last day is on Sunday) and if you haven’t been yet, I highly recommend it as an experience to remember.
To find out more, check out the ACMI site here
[As you were not allowed to take photos inside the exhibition, the images of Bowie used in this post are taken from the ACMI website].
NOTE: This is not a sponsored post, I just loved it so much I had to share.