Not currently on display at the V&A

Set Model

1982 - 1983 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Derek Boshier started working with David Bowie in 1979 when he created the cover of his Lodger album (1979). In 1982, Bowie asked him to design the set for the 1983 Serious Moonlight Tour. Boshier also worked on the cover of Bowie Let’s Dance Album (1983) – a huge global commercial success which generated more income than all his previous albums put together. Bowie intended to go back to more theatrical presentations following the 1976 Thin White Duke Tour which was based around using Brechtian lighting. Bowie asked Boshier to come up “with something punky”. This is reflected in the fragmented design. In the event, the design proved too complicated for the likely venues and it was replaced with a simpler design largely using lighting.



object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Card, paint and glue
Brief Description
Model for proposed set design by Derek Boshier for David Bowie's Serious Moonlight tour in 1983
Physical Description
Three dimensional model of a stage set. Geometric shapes of various sizes have been painted in red, yellow, black and white and have been glued onto the base. A cardboard cut-out musician is leaping across the front of the stage playing a guitar.
Dimensions
  • Height: 8.5cm
  • Fanned out width: 8.5cm
Production typeModel
Gallery Label
[G18.4 – 2 on strip] Keyword: INVALIDATION Proposed set model Serious Moonlight tour Derek Boshier 1983 Pop artist Derek Boshier developed this ambitious concept design for the Serious Moonlight tour but it proved too expensive to build. The actual tour set was the work of veteran stage designer Mark Ravitz, who had also created the Diamond Dogs tour set. V&A: S.432-2013 [3D-1801] (22/02/2013)
Subject depicted
Summary
Derek Boshier started working with David Bowie in 1979 when he created the cover of his Lodger album (1979). In 1982, Bowie asked him to design the set for the 1983 Serious Moonlight Tour. Boshier also worked on the cover of Bowie Let’s Dance Album (1983) – a huge global commercial success which generated more income than all his previous albums put together. Bowie intended to go back to more theatrical presentations following the 1976 Thin White Duke Tour which was based around using Brechtian lighting. Bowie asked Boshier to come up “with something punky”. This is reflected in the fragmented design. In the event, the design proved too complicated for the likely venues and it was replaced with a simpler design largely using lighting.



Collection
Accession Number
S.432-2013

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record createdDecember 4, 2012
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