Striped bodysuit for the Aladdin Sane tour, 1973 - Credit Sukita - The David Bowie Archive

From 20 May until 10 August 2014, the international exhibition David Bowie will be shown at Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin.

Due to Bowie’s close ties with the city, the exhibition’s station in Berlin is one of the highlights of its international tour. The Berlin years from 1976 to 1978 were among Bowie’s most productive ones. It was here that he made music history. The so-called “Berlin Trilogy” – which includes the albums Low (1977), Lodger (1979) and his magnum opus Heroes (1977) – was inspired by the capital and in part recorded at the Hansa Studios near Potsdamer Platz. Berlin provided Bowie and companions such as Iggy Pop the room to experiment with radical avant-garde personas. By fusing fashion, music and performance art, life and art merged into something entirely novel.

The city’s rich cultural past and the buzzing subcultures of the 1970s provided further inspiration. He was fascinated by the omnipresent historical forms of expression in architecture and art and felt particularly drawn to the artists of the Brücke movement. The famous lyrics of Heroes demonstrate how thoroughly he contemplated Berlin. The song is about two lovers who kiss at a wall. Here, Bowie processes his own observations and impressions of the 1920s Expressionism. In Berlin, Bowie also shot Just a Gigolo, the last film that featured Marlene Dietrich. An additional section was exclusively curated for the exhibition at Martin-Gropius-Bau and shows the profound connection between Bowie and Berlin.

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Hansa Studios tour

Be sure to pay a visit to the legendary Hansa Studios where David Bowie recorded much of the "Berlin Trilogy". These exclusive small guided tours will give you access to the famous "Big Hall By the Wall" where Bowie recorded much of the Low and Heroes albums. The tours are led by the knowledgeable and enthusiastic Thilo who regales the visitors with tales of the many artists who have recorded in the famed building  over the years including  David Bowie, Iggy Pop, U2, Depeche Mode and more recently  Supergrass, Snow Patrol and The Hives. The relaxed tours last approximately 2 hours in which time you are taken through this working studio before ending up behind the mixing desk listening to some of the famous pieces of music that have been recorded in the building.

As well as the Hansa Studios Tours and multi media Bowie Berlin Bus Tours Thilo & his team are also running daily walking tours that will take in some of the significant Bowie landmarks in the city. The Bowie walking tours run from 20th May – 10th August 2014 during the exhibition.