David Bowie Is – Exhibition at La Philharmonie de Paris

Tbowie1he Philharmonie de Paris has dedicated its first exhibition to David Bowie. Originally presented in 2013 at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and now touring internationally, the exhibition has met with resounding success around the globe.
After its enormous success in London, the David Bowie exhibition is presented in a slightly modified form in Paris.

David Bowie not only moves seamlessly between genres – glam rock, funk, soul, disco, electronic – but brings everything he touches to new heights. From Major Tom to Ziggy Stardust, and Aladdin Sane to Halloween Jack: always fascinated with the avant-garde, David Bowie invents and reinvents himself, placing his body on exhibit, the transformation of his persona becoming the spectacle. His musical geography – London, Berlin, New York – foreshadows and traverses the artistic trends of our recent history.bowie2

The exhibition attempts to retrace this vibrant and fascinating itinerary. Taken mainly from David Bowie’s archives, the previously unreleased documents and recordings, photographs and video, costumes, set components, handwritten pages, drawings and instruments bear witness to the extraordinary career and impact on popular culture of a truly singular artist, who defies all labels. Produced in collaboration with Sennheiser, David Bowie is is nothing short of an extraordinary visual and audio experience. I personally really liked the visual experience. When you arrive, you are given a headset and it plays what you need to listen only when you are in the right room or in front of the right screen. It’s great as you can visit at your own pace and the headset will adapt, not the other way round!

If you are not a fan of Bowie, you’ll have become one by the end of the exhibition!

During the David Bowie exhibition, all of the Philharmonie de Paris spaces will feature events showcasing the glam rock icon. In addition a lot of books have been released to celebrate the exhibition.

The magazine Les Inrocks released a Hors-Série* in French. It features an Interview with Bowie and some fantastic pictures. (7.90 euros – 100 pages, You can order it here.)


The Publisher Payot & Rivages published a fascinating book about the 6th July 1972 when Bowie appeared on the TV Show Top of The Pops as Ziggy Stardust. It’s part of the collection Rivages Rouge releasing books about counterculture in music. It’s in French. (Full list of releases)


*Un Hors-Série is a Special Issue. 


Practical Information :

Until 31st May 2015.
Exhibition space (Philharmonie 1)

TUESDAY: 12 pm-6 pm
During spring school holiday (21 April to 3 May): 10 am-8 pm
SUNDAY: 10 am-8 pm
Last admission to the exhibition space: 1 hour before closing.
The exhibition space is closed on Mondays.
12 euros  – Book your tickets online

Philharmonie de Paris
221, avenue Jean-Jaurès
75019 Paris
Line 5, Porte de Pantin station