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Why Mr David Bowie Is… Still A Cultural Icon

July 2016Words by Mr Dan Rookwood

Mr David Bowie at the Cannes Film Festival, 1983. Photograph by Mr Richard Young/REX Shutterstock

A demigod? The most influential musician of the 20th century? A spaced-out oddity? Whatever words you would choose to complete the sentence “David Bowie Is…”, no one can deny what an impact he had on the world during his 50-year career – and continues to have after his death in January.

The Victoria and Albert Museum, AKA the V&A, in London had the foresight to pay tribute to him while he was still alive, having been given full access to his extensive archive. Their extraordinarily successful exhibition David Bowie Is proved hugely popular when it opened in 2013 and has since been on a non-stop world tour. (It’s currently showing at Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna in Italy.)

A documentary about the exhibition is showing at Vue cinemas and selected venues across the UK today. Here the exhibition’s co-curator, Mr Geoffrey Marsh, explains why you should see it.