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october 07, 2016 - Sotheby


Hundreds of artworks from the personal collection of #davidbowie revealed as “Bowie/Collector” catalogue is published today

Exhibition open 1–10 November 2016
Auctions 10 & 11 November 2016
Sotheby’s London, 34–35 New Bond Street W1S 2FE

While a small selection of highlights from David Bowie’s personal art collection was unveiled this summer, now for the first time, the full scope of “Bowie/Collector” is revealed. With the release of the online catalogue today, hundreds more works can now be discovered, including a ‘spin’ painting that Bowie created in collaboration with Damien Hirst, an altarpiece by Renaissance master Tintoretto, as well as works by 20th Century British Masters such as David Bomberg, Stanley Spencer, Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff.

Although Bowie always loaned generously to museum exhibitions, the catalogue for “Bowie/Collector” reveals his avid passion for collecting and his deep intellectual engagement with the works in his collection. Ranging from post-war British avant-garde painting centred at St Ives, to German Expressionism and works created in the aftermath of the first democratic elections in South Africa, Bowie’s art collection is as eclectic and  hought-provoking as his music.

The full exhibition of over 350 works will be open to the public in London 1–10 November. This will include three days of talks and events (4–6 November) with speakers exploring Bowie’s passion for collecting and his influence on fashion, art and design.

On Friday 4 November, Sotheby’s galleries will be open to the public all night long, with talks, guided tours, and a midnight film screening, giving unprecedented access to the collection. More information will be available at sothebys.com/bowiecollector in due course.

Prior to this, the final touring exhibition of selected highlights will be held in Hong Kong 12–15 October (10am–6pm Wednesday–Friday; 11am–5pm Saturday).

More information on the press release

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