Intrinsically intertwined, pay homage to Bowie in Berlin.
Since David Bowie’s untimely passing just a few weeks ago, his vast back catalogue of hits, not to mention his recently released new album, have dominated the airwaves, a testament to his formidable influence not only on the music industry but on popular culture as a whole. Toronto, Sao Paolo, London, Berlin, Melbourne, Chicago and Paris have all played host to a phenomenally popular worldwide touring exhibition, ‘David Bowie is’ (which you can still catch at the Groninger Museum in The Netherlands until April when it heads off to Japan later this year), and the German capital is gearing up to present another exhibition dedicated to this charismatic chameleon of music.
Launching on the 20th of February at The Institute, a new contemporary gallery and art space in Berlin’s Holzmarkt, is ‘Bowie – The Session’, described as “a touching and intimate exposé of the man behind the legend”. Presenting a series of photographic portraits shot by the Berlin-based photographer, Gavin Evans, the Session is “a revealing portrayal of an unguarded Bowie- exuberant, contemplative and exposed”.
Renowned for his uncompromising take on portraiture and a unique connection between the photographer and his subject, Evans’ roll call of artists captured on camera is indeed impressive: Daniel Craig, Dusty Springfield, Morrissey, Nick Cave and Iggy Pop to name but a few. It’s even said that of all the photographs taken of Davie Bowie, it was one shot by Evans that became the musician’s all-time favourite.
Bowie himself had close ties with the German capital. Indeed, the ‘Berlin years’ of 1976 to 1978 were said to be his most productive, for he produced the albums Low and Lodger, as well as perhaps his most seminal work, Heroes – a song about two lovers who kiss at the wall – during his time here. Bowie’s connections with Berlin also run to film-making, as it was here that he shot Just a Gigolo with Marlene Dietrich. And to commemorate Bowie’s associations with film, the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival, the Berlinale, will pay him homage with a special screening of his iconic 1975 film, The Man Who Fell To Earth, on February 12th.
This collection of photos is on display until March 30th with opening from 11am until 7pm, Wednesday to Sunday.