David Bowie issues rare statement, denies curating V&A expo
By CMU Editorial | Published on Monday 3 September 2012
David Bowie has clarified that, contrary to recent claims made by The Observer, he has not had any part in co-curating a new exhibition of his fashion memorabilia. Though, despite what the Mirror says, that doesn’t mean he’s anti the exhibition either.
Writing last Tuesday in his first public statement for two years, Bowie said he hadn’t “participated in any decisions relating to the exhibition”, which is being staged at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum in 2013. He added that his official archive had granted V&A staff “unprecedented access” to his collections, but that “the museums curator’s have made all curatorial and design choices”.
As for being apparently against the expo, Bowie was quick to refute an article in The Mirror alleging a “bizarre rift” between him and the V&A. Referring to a quote in which a Mirror source implied he wasn’t “comfortable” with certain choices being made on his behalf, Bowie added via Facebook: “A close friend tells me that I am neither ‘devastated’, ‘heartbroken’ nor ‘uncontrollably furious'”.
The V&A are set to issue an official press release on the exhibition later this month.