David Bowie's Berlin years brought to life in city exhibition

David Bowie's Berlin years brought to life in city exhibition
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A much-awaited exhibition on the life and work of David Bowie is about to open in Berlin.

It follows its sell-out success at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum in 2013.

The exhibition covers Bowie’s Berlin years when he made the iconic albums “Heroes” and “Low”. The singer lived in the city from 1976 to 1978 and was fascinated by the city’s architecture and art and influenced by its fashion and culture.

“He always drew and painted, as you can see in this exhibition. He was busy with fashion and fashion design and he always co-developed his stage designs. He was always learning about various cultural influences which in turn influenced his own work,” said Christine Heidemann, one of the co-curators.

Bowie has described the records he made in Berlin, which include the album “Lodger”, as his “DNA”.

His music was inspired by the capital and partly recorded at the Hansa Studios near Potsdamer Platz, at the time next to the Berlin wall.

The exhibition begins at the Martin-Gropius-Bauon in Berlin on 20 May and lasts until 10 August. It will then go on tour to Chicago, Paris and the Netherlands.

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