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Belgrade Honours Bowie in Sound and Vision

The Serbian capital will pay homage to the recently-deceased British star David Bowie this spring with an exhibition of photographs and paintings plus a tribute concert.

Filip Avramovic
David Bowie died at the age of 69 on January 10. Photo: Facebook

An exhibition of photographs of Bowie, paintings that were dedicated to him or inspired by his work, and reviews of movies in which he appeared will be held at the Yugoslav Film Archives from May 5 until early August.

A concert dedicated to Bowie will also be staged in the Academic Park in central Belgrade, with well-known Serbian musicians expected to perform.

The photographs of Bowie that will go on show were taken by his official photographer, Belgrade-born Brian (Branislav) Rasic, who worked with the British musician from 1983 until one of his last-ever live appearances at a concert by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd in 2006.

“I believe that in this way we are replaying Bowie for what he gave, not only to music but in film and culture in general,” said one of the organisers of the tribute, Sergej Trifunovic.

He said he hoped that the event would show that Belgrade is “once again a city where artists and avant-garde achievements are realised, the way it was in the nineties”.

Belgrade’s city manager Goran Vesic said he was “proud that Belgrade will be the first city in this part of Europe to pay tribute to David Bowie”.

“For my generation, Bowie was part of our upbringing and education, through whose work we entered the world of music and learned to push the limits," Vesic said.

“I believe that this exhibition will be an opportunity for younger generations to get familiar with his work and influence,” he added.

Bowie was known as a musical and stylistic innovator from the 1960s right up until his death this month.

His critically-acclaimed final album, “Blackstar”, was released on January 8, just two days before he lost his fight against liver cancer at the age of 69.

This article was published in BIRN's bi-weekly newspaper Belgrade Insight. Here is where to find a copy.

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