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Exhibition Displays David Bowie’s Life in Berlin

May 16th, 2014
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News from Berlin - On May 20th, the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin will open its doors to the public to display the first international retrospective of David Bowie’s extraordinary career. The exhibition, curated by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, will be in Berlin until August 10th.

The German capital city was of particular interest in the artist’s career, as he spent some of his most productive years in Berlin. He arrived in the city in 1976, attracted by the burgeoning German music scene, with the idea that Berlin was a place where he could unleash his creativity without having to deal with the hordes of mobbing fans in Los Angeles. This idea turned out to be true, to the extent that he released three albums in the three years that he spent in Germany, known as the Berlin Trilogy. Those albums, ‘Low’, ‘Heroes’ and ‘Lodger’, are among his most successful musical masterpieces. During his stay in Berlin, he also shared a flat in Schöneberg with Iggy Pop, who was at the time launching his solo career with his solo debut album ‘The Idiot’, recorded in collaboration with David Bowie.

The exhibition, covering David Bowie’s whole career, has been completed for its Berlin venue with items and information more specifically related to Bowie’s life in Berlin, such as the ‘Hansa Studio by the Wall’, in which he recorded most of his Berlin music. Parts of Bowie’s correspondence with the German iconic actress Marlene Dietrich will be displayed, as well as paintings by Bowie of Iggy Pop. The exhibition will also comprise files of the Stasi police on riots that broke out in 1987, when he came back to Berlin to perform by the Wall, in which people in the East risked being arrested to listen to the concert which featured not only David Bowie, but also other legendary bands such as Genesis. For more information on the exhibition, please see the following link: http://www.davidbowie-berlin.de/en.

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