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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Acclaimed retrospective David Bowie is coming to the Art Gallery of Ontario

David Bowie archives

Art Gallery of Ontario is first stop on world tour following record-breaking run at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum; gives fans unprecedented access to Bowie’s personal archive

TORONTO—Pop culture influencer, musical pioneer and style icon David Bowie will make his
North American exhibition debut this fall at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in the acclaimed
retrospective David Bowie is, direct from its record-breaking run at the Victoria and Albert
Museum (V&A) in London, England.

Running from Sept. 25 to Nov. 27, 2013, the exhibition makes its first stop on a world tour in Toronto and offers Bowie fans a rare opportunity to view more than 300 objects—spanning five decades of Bowie’s extraordinary career—from the artist’s personal archive.

Single tickets for the AGO’s run of the multimedia show, which was London’s hottest ticket of the year, go on sale Aug. 23, 2013.

Exploring how the multi-talented performer has both influenced and been influenced by
movements in art, design, fashion and contemporary culture, David Bowie is attracted over
300,000 visitors during its debut at the V&A.

The first block of single timed-entry tickets for David Bowie is are $21.50 for youth ages 17 and
under, $26.50 for seniors and $30 for adults.

Admission is FREE for AGO members and for children five and under. Tickets in the first block offer one-time admission to the exhibition from Sept. 25 to Oct. 20, 2013. The second block will go on sale at a later date, to be announced.

David Bowie is tickets are already available in a special combo package with the AGO’s critically
acclaimed exhibition, Ai Weiwei: According to What? Combo tickets offer timed-entry access to
any time slot for Ai Weiwei: According to What? and the first block of David Bowie is. Combo
prices are $31.50 for youth ages 17 and under, $36.50 for seniors and $40 for adults.

Single tickets for David Bowie is and combo tickets can be booked in person, by phone at
(416) 979-6655 or online by visiting ago.net/david-bowie-is. For more information on becoming an
AGO member to get free admission to all exhibitions at the AGO, please visit

The exhibition features Bowie’s own handwritten set lists, lyrics, diary entries, instruments, music
videos, sketches and highlights the many artists who have collaborated with the cultural
phenomenon over the years.

David Bowie archives
The collection offers:
• more than 50 stage costumes, including Ziggy Stardust bodysuits (1972) designed by
Freddie Burretti;
• music videos by David Mallet, including Boys Keep Swinging (1979) and Let’s Dance
• set designs created for the Diamond Dogs tour (1974);
• Kansai Yamamoto’s flamboyant creations for the Aladdin Sane tour (1973);
• photographs by Helmut Newton, Brian Duffy and John Rowlands;
• album sleeve artwork by Guy Peellaert and Edward Bell; and
• excerpts from films and live performances including Top of the Pops (1972), The Man
Who Fell to Earth (1976) and Saturday Night Live (1979).

The David Bowie Archive is home to more than 75,000 objects, collected by Bowie himself.
Working with Sandy Hirshkowitz, the collection’s archivist, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh
(curators of theatre and performance at the V&A) carefully selected costumes, footage and
objects for the exhibition, marking the first time a museum has been allowed to display items from
the archive.

David Bowie is was organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. www.vam.ac.uk
In Partnership with: Holt Renfrew and RBC

Sound experience by Sennheiser
Leadership gifts in support of the Bowie Experience from La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso;
The Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin Charitable Foundation; and Rob & Cheryl
Assistance from government partner: Government of Ontario
Hotel partner: Eaton Chelsea
Media partners: Q107 and NOW Magazine
Contemporary programming at the AGO is generously supported by the Canada Council for the

The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design with collections unrivalled in their scope
and diversity. It was established to make works of art available to all and to inspire British
designers and manufacturers. Today, the V&A’s collections, which span over 2,000 years of
human creativity in virtually every medium and from many parts of the world, continue to intrigue,
inspire and inform. www.vam.ac.uk

To ensure the best audio experience for visitors, the AGO is working in partnership with audio
specialist Sennheiser. “We are extremely pleased to work with the renowned Art Gallery of
Ontario on this outstanding exhibition,” said Paul Whiting, President of Global Sales at
Sennheiser. “We will not only bring equipment to this exhibition but also our audio expertise
offering visitors an immersive 3DAudio experience.”

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. The family-owned company, which was established in 1945, employs more than 2,100 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the U.S. Sennheiser is represented by subsidiaries
and partners worldwide. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin
(studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser
Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).



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