I can remember David Bowie and song CHINA GIRL. It seemed that every boy in school just couldn’t stop staring from that point on. Growing up and listening to Bowie was part of pop culture. He pushed limits not only in music but in all creative aspects. Remember when he mimed?

The Art Gallery of Ontario has just opened up the latest incredible exhibition DAVID BOWIE IS  and it IS TRULY AMAZING! In this exhibition you will discover over 300 objects from Bowie’s personal archives and over 50 costumes. Curated in conjunction with Victoria and Albert Museum, London. this is the first North American stop for this exhibition. It will continue on to Sao Paulo, Brazil after Toronto.

I was invited for a media preview earlier this week to experience it all for myself and I need to go back as an hour wasn’t enough for me. This exhibition is great for your senses. Definitely take advantage of the Sennheiser earphones when you visit and relive the many incredible songs. Spend time in the Kabuki room where images and mirrors give you a psychedelic experience that is mind-bending.

‘Tokyo Pop’ bodysuit Aladdin Sane tour  Kansai Yamamoto 1973

‘Tokyo Pop’ bodysuit
Aladdin Sane tour
Kansai Yamamoto 1973

At first you’re greeted with the “Tokyo Pop” vinyl stage costume made for David Bowie by Kansai Yamamoto in 1973. You’ll notice just how tiny David Bowie’s waist was at that time…26 1/2 inches! Bowie once described the costume as, “everything I wanted…outrageous, provocative and unbelievably hot to wear under the lights.” Bowie had embraced Japanese culture and the conventions of kabuki theatre, which literally means ‘song, dance,art’.

Amongst the costumes and album covers you will discover not only the entertainer but the process. It was clear that Bowie someone who was interested in self-discovery and learning through actions and details and evolving as a person and artist.

There’s no doubt that his influence on music, art, fashion in pop culture is worth checking out at this incredible exhibition.

DAVID BOWIE IS….someone who is more than one-dimensional and who has, and continues to, push creativity to new heights.

DAVID BOWIE IS …now open at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto until November 27, 2013. Book your tickets here at ago.net

Official opening party is Friday, September 27th. Advance tickets are available online at the AGO.

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Sonya is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of AZNmodern.com. She is also a well-established contributing lifestyle writer to other sites and magazines sharing her passion for arts & culture, fashion, beauty, travel and food. Sonya is based in Toronto, Canada. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @theculturepearl

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