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Hattie Lloyd 27/02/23
David Bowie was one in a million.
When others zigged, he… Ziggied.
And to celebrate the half-century since the release of Bowie’s chart-topping album Aladdin Sane, the Southbank Centre is staging a series of events surrounding the artist and his legacy.
The centrepiece will be an exhibition of Bowie portraits taken by Brian Duffy, the legendary photographer who captured the album’s artwork (which, at the time, was the most expensive cover ever made). Coinciding with the release of a limited edition book, Aladdin Sane 50, it brings together never-before-seen images alongside the iconic shot to show how Bowie and Duffy collaborated to explore the fluidity of gender, identity and style.
The weekend of the 21st-23rd April marks the 50th anniversary itself, and there’ll be a series of live Bowie-themed events to mark the occasion, including:
It all comes on the heels of the news that the entirety of Bowie’s personal archives (made up of over 80,000 items) has been donated to the V&A, some of which will go on display at its East London offshoot, The Young V&A, when it reopens this summer.
So luckily, you won’t have to wait Five Years to see it.
NOTE: Aladdin Sane: 50 Years takes place from 6th April – 28th May 2023. You can see everything that’s on, and book tickets, HERE.
Aladdin Sane: 50 Years | Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
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Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX
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