I didn’t want to stay home another day off after Easter, especially when the sun was out and shining all day. Thanks to my work at the RA shop, I have a pass which lets me in to if not all then most of the galleries and exhibitions in London for free. Yesterday, I decided to go and see “David Bowie is…” at the V&A.
As I had suspected, it was crowded. I didn’t think there was so many people, just we were all cramped in a few small exhibition rooms and there wasn’t much space to move anyway. At the entry, I got an audio guide which was automatic. It was causing some chaos whenever I moved, because not always it was catching the track it was supposed to catch. Sometimes I had to listen to something from previous room or different display cabinet. So these were the negative sides of the show. I tried not to let them throw a shadow on the whole experience and content. It was great to see Bowie’s handwritten lyrics, stage move notes, amazing stage costumes and jumpsuits. I think my favourite were the coats designed by Alexander McQueen. It’s understandable that the most exciting for me were things related to my own first ‘meeting’ with Bowie. I stood a bit longer at the glass ball and other props from Labyrinth and the boots Bowie wore when he had a 3 minute cameo as Pontius Pilate in Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ.
That was quite a time travel and since I was already in the V&A, I went a bit further in the past and visited one more exhibition at the same Museum, Treasures of the Royal Courts – a display of various gifts exchanged between Tudor and then Stuart families and Tsars. The gifts survived thanks to the fact that they were in Russia, otherwise they would perish during Oliver Cromwell’s Commonwealth. Yes, I love the history of Great Britain…
Anyway, I recommend visiting both exhibitions once you are at the V&A.