David Bowie Is, the V&A's stratospherically successful exhibition on the life and legacy of David Bowie, will end in appropriately widescreen style with a live film screening across the country two days after the show's finale.
With 67,000 advance tickets sold, lengthy queues have been as much a feature of the exhibition as dazzling costumes and otherworldly videos.
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As a final gesture, curators Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh will introduce a series of insights into some of the 300 objects on display, inviting special guests to discuss the David Bowie Archive under the direction of Hamish Hamilton, who oversaw live coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“Visitors have gone to great lengths for a chance to see our exhibition,” said Martin Roth, the V&A Director, reflecting on the most popular show in the venue’s 150-year history.
“We wanted to give everyone across the country one last opportunity to experienceit for themselves.
“This is the first time the V&A has taken part in a live broadcast event of this magnitude, and we are extremely excited to be working with such a talented production team to present the phenomenon that is David Bowie to the widest possible audience.”
More than 200 cinemas are expected to simultaneously broadcast the film. The exhibition will tour to Canada’s Art Gallery of Ontario and the Museum of Image and Sound in Sao Paulo between now and April 2014.