London’s V&A Museum recently announced that it has acquired David Bowie‘s archive.
Beginning in 2025, the archive will be made available to the public through the creation of The David Bowie Centre for the Study of Performing Arts at V&A East Storehouse in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The archive will feature more than 80,000 items spanning six decades of the cultural icon’s career.
They include handwritten lyrics, letters, sheet music, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, Bowie’s own instruments, album artwork and awards. It also includes more intimate writings, thought processes and unrealized projects, the majority of which have never been seen in public before.
The archive also includes a photo collage of film stills from The Man Who Fell to Earth (1975-76), directed by Nicolas Roeg and featuring Bowie, and over 70,000 photographs, prints, negatives, large format transparencies, slides and contact sheets.
The acquisition and creation of The Centre has been made possible thanks to the David Bowie Estate and a generous donation of £10 million from the Blavatnik Family Foundation and Warner Music Group.
“I believe everyone will agree with me when I say that when I look back at the last 60 years of post-Beatles music that if only one artist could be in the V&A it should be David Bowie. He didn’t just make art, he was art,” said Nile Rodgers.
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