David Bowie is … was … still is

The topic might not appeal to everybody, but given the huge amount of fans I write a little bit about the death of singer, actor, songwriter David Bowie on 10 January 2016. His death caused an explosion of posts on Twitter and other social media, also by a few nobles and royals I follow. Not that I was much of a fan, and he had already started his career some years before I was born in 1973. But of course even I knew some of his music.

David Bowie actually was not much of a royalty fan himself, despite of having met several royals personally, including the late Diana Princess of Wales and Princess Margaret. He declined a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2000, and in 2003 even turned down a knighthood. He later stated himself:

“I would never have any intention of accepting anything like that. I seriously don’t know what it’s for. It’s not what I spent my life working for.”

Accidentally the exhibition “David Bowie is …” was shown at the Groninger Museum in Groningen, The Netherlands, where I live since 11 December 2015. The first international exhibition about David Bowies career with items from the David Bowie Archive of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Shown are handwritten lyrics, costumes, photographs, album artwork …

I thought it would be nice going, but wanted to wait until it was a bit less busy. But on Monday 11 January 2016 the museum was exceptionally open because of his death, so I took my chance. Although I hate headsets, I needed one this time, and actually did really like it. It is most interesting to learn about his life, see parts of films he played in, hear his music, and see some really crazy costumes and shoes. Furthermore the atmosphere in the museum on this specific day was of course quite special. Many people paid extra attention and sat down at the end of the exhibition just to listen to his music a bit longer. In the hall of the museum you could sign a book of condolences, and some people even brought flowers.

There were already many visitors in the weeks before his death, huge queues during the Christmas break. But since his death there are even more people who want to go and see. If you don’t buy a ticket beforehand the chance is quite big that you won’t get in. Thus if you want to go and see it, the exhibition will close on Sunday 10 April 2016, four weeks later than originally planned. The Groninger Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday 10am-6pm. On Saturday the museum is open until 10pm. The museum will also be open on Monday 28 March. And in the evenings of Friday 18 March, 25 March, 1 April and 8 April the exhibition will also be open until 10pm. Website and ticket sale: http://www.groningermuseum.nl/

(photographing at the exhibition is not allowed; As a journalist I had museum permission)

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