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David Bowie exhibition opens in Berlin

The show in Berlin's Martin-Gropius-Bau presents objects connected with the star's life and work, highlighting Bowie's creative years in the German capital at the end of the 1970s.

"David Bowie," the first retrospective of the artist's work, has already been on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. More than 300,000 visitors came to the exhibition, which presented around 300 items, including original costumes, album covers, instruments, photos, drawings, collages, scores, music videos and journal entries. The show in Berlin was expanded to include 60 additional pieces, such as a never before published exchange of letters with Marlene Dietrich relating to the film "Just a Gigolo" on which the two had worked.

Wellspring of inspiration

Bowie fans can look forward to a number of events and programs alongside the exhibition. Daily Bowie walks are taking place in which participants can take a look at places closely connected with the performer. They include the legendary Hansa Studio, where he recorded several songs at the end of the 70s. From 1976 to 1978, Bowie lived in the West Berlin district of Schöneberg. The divided city along with its artists, architecture and nightlife inspired the albums "Low," "Lodger" and "Heroes."

The exhibition runs through August 10 in Berlin's Martin-Gropius-Bau exhibition space.

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