David Bowie’s ‘wow’ archive is unveiled for the first time.
On Thursday, officials at the V&A Museum in London unveiled the late Starman’s handwritten lyrics, letters, sheet music, original costumes, fashion, photography, films, music videos, set designs, musical instruments, album artwork and awards. announced that it has secured the singer’s collection.
The archive, which includes over 80,000 items, including Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust ensemble designed by Freddie Buretti, will be on display at the David Bowie Center for Performing Arts Research at the V&A East Storehouse in 2025.
“David Bowie was one of the greatest musicians and performers of all time,” said Dr. Tristram Hunt, director of the V&A. We are thrilled to be able to publish it.”
The V&A’s acquisition of the archives was made possible by a $12 million (£10 million) donation from David Bowie Estate executives, the Blavatnik Family Foundation and Warner Music Group.
In response to the news, actress Tilda Swinton expressed her joy that her friend’s work was put on display for the younger generation to see.
“By acquiring his archives for posterity, the V&A will be able to provide access to the history of David Bowie, giving access to the portal it represents, not only to artists of all disciplines, but to us as well. , and will be able to offer in the near future,” she commented. “This is truly great news and deserves our sincere thanks and congratulations to all involved in making this possible.”
Bowie died in 2016 at the age of 69.