Sennheiser-equipped David Bowie exhibition arrives in Canada

After an extremely successful run at the V&A in London, ‘David Bowie is’ has begun a tour of other leading art and design venues worldwide.

The Pro Sound Award-winning exhibition is now on show at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Canada until November 27th 2013. Like at the V&A, Sennheiser is providing an immersive sound experience for visitors. The firm’s guidePORT system, as well as an elaborate 3D sound installation, will again be a big part of the show.

During its five months in the UK, ‘David Bowie is’ smashed all of the V&A’s records – over 67,000 tickets were sold prior to the opening. In total, it attracted more than 300,000 visitors.

Featuring more than 300 objects from the star’s personal archive, including an array of original stage costumes, handwritten lyrics, album covers and photographs, the exhibition brings together all the highlights from Bowie’s outstanding 50-year career.

The guidePORT system provides visitors with all the soundtracks, music and video sound throughout the exhibition. It automatically plays the audio when users approach an exhibit, enabling attendees to enjoy an individual tour and explore the rooms in any order, and at whatever pace they like.

Daniel Sennheiser, CEO of the Sennheiser Group, said: “The exceptional ‘David Bowie is’ exhibition recreates the unique ‘universe’ of music, fashion and art that this extraordinary performer created. It has rightly been an unparalleled success in London, and I’m delighted that the Art Gallery of Ontario is now bringing this exhibition to North America. With its innovative architecture, the AGO is a perfect venue for ‘David Bowie is’, providing an ideal setting for this captivating multi-media retrospective, where everybody can relive or discover their very own personal Bowie experience.”

After its run in Toronto, ‘David Bowie Is’ will travel to the Museum of Image and Sound in Sao Paulo (January 28th – April 21st 2014); Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago from September 2014 to January 2015; Philharmonie de Paris/Cité de la Musique in Paris (March 2nd – May 31st 2015) and Groninger Museum in The Netherlands from December 15th 2015 to March 15th 2016.

To read our report on the V&A exhibition, click here.

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