Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Insightful But Crowded David Bowie Exhibition in Berlin

Sometimes a crowd improves an experience, sometimes it doesn't matter very much, and sometimes it detracts. The David Bowie exhibition now showing at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin is one of those events where too many people diminish the overall experience.

Using music, video, painting, interviews, and personal correspondence, this multimedia extravaganza offers a fascinating look at this legendary artist. Unfortunately, the innovative nature of the exhibition cannot possibly accommodate large numbers of people. Small rooms, specially designated listening areas, and dimly lit explanatory panels are frustrating. Whether the Martin-Gropius-Bau simply wanted to accommodate excess demand or whether it placed profit over artist integrity, the result is unsatisfying. Somehow, I felt I didn't get the intended experience that the curator or David Bowie would have wanted. 

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