Last week I spent a few days in Berlin as birthday present to myself. Aside from seeing friends, the David Bowie Exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau was at the top of my wish list. I’ve been on a total Bowie kick for the last couple of years, and since he has such a strong connection to Berlin — living for three years in Schöneberg in the late 70’s and recording three albums there — I did not want to miss the exhibition!
And I definitely was not disappointed. Unsurprisingly, it’s a complete multimedia experience. You can take a close look at Bowie’s handwritten lyrics, costumes, and paintings while listening to the audio guide that automatically plays songs and interviews that correspond to your specific location in the exhibit.
It was fascinating to see how completely Bowie integrated his love for painting and theater into his music. I walked away with a real sense of how he progressed as an artist over the decades — as well as the extent of his influence on music, fashion, and culture.
If you’re anywhere near Berlin between now and August 10th, I highly recommend taking some time to visit the exhibition. If not, you may still be in luck! Here are the next stops on the tour:
- 20 September 2014 to January 2015: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
- 2 March to 31 May 2015: Philharmonie de Paris/Cité de la Musique, Paris
- 15 December 2015 to 15 March 2016: Groninger Museum, the Netherlands
Tips for your visit
Since the exhibition is popular and the lines are long, purchasing an online ticket (€14 + €1.20 booking fee) for a specific time window is absolutely the way to go. I didn’t have to wait in line for even a second before being let in. That being said, the online timed tickets sold out a couple of days in advance — so plan accordingly! Or if you’re flexible, check out ebay Kleinanzeigen for spare tickets for sale, (which is what I did).
Another thing to keep in mind is that the exhibition is totally packed on the weekend, so if you can manage to visit during the week, you’ll probably have a much more relaxed experience.Martin-Gropius-Bau – Niederkirchnerstraße 7 – U-bahn or S-bahn Potsdamer Platz
Are you a Bowie fan? What’s your favorite album?