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The V&A Museum in London got a huge david bowie personal effects archive. The archive contains 80,000 objects, handwritten notes, letters, costumes, musical instruments, awards, photographs, films, music videos, sets and more, many of which were on display during the Museum’s ‘David Bowie Is’ traveling exhibition. The exhibition gathered over two million visitors between 2013 and 2018.

“The archive also includes more personal writings, thoughts and unfinished projects, most of which have never been presented to the public before.” The objects are to be exhibited in 2025 at a new venue, The David Bowie Center for the Study of Performing Arts in Stratford.

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The acquisition of the archive by the V&A and the establishment of the David Bowie Center was made possible by the David Bowie Bequest and a £10 million donation from the Blavatnik Family Foundation and the multinational Warner Music Group.

Among other things in the archive are handwritten lyrics to the songs Fame, Heroes and Ashes to Ashes, Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust costumes, designed by Freddy Buretti in 1972, and the stylus he played on his 1969 hit Space Oddity.

The archive highlights the late singer-songwriter’s creative process as an innovative musician, cultural icon and champion of self-expression and reinvention from his early career in the 1960s to his death in 2016. Alongside the creation of the new Centre, with the donation will support the ongoing preservation, research and study of the archive, the V&A Museum said in a statement.

The David Bowie Center for Performing Arts Studies will be the continuation and expansion of the ambitious campaign to reissue the works of the legendary artist undertaken by the David Bowie bequest with Warner Music Group.

“David Bowie was one of the greatest musicians and performers of all time,” said Dr Tristram Hunt, director of the V&A.

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“The V&A is delighted to be the custodian of its incredible archive and to be able to present it to the public. Bowie’s radical innovations in music, theatre, film, fashion and style – from Berlin to Tokyo to London – continue to influence design and visual culture and inspire creators such as Raf Simons, Tilda Swindon, Lady Gaga” he underlined.

David Bowie died in January 2016 of liver cancer, just days after the release of his last album ‘Blackstar’.