After great success in London the famous “David Bowie is” exhibition has gone global and the Museum of Image and Sound in São Paulo is currently hosting it until April 20th 2014.
The exhibition took the UK by storm clocking over 300,000 visitors. It remains to be seen whether the exhibition, that includes more than 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, costumes, and Bowie’s own instruments, will attract the same crowds in Brazil as London, however the show is already attracting legions of loyal Brazilian fans, taking advantage of this once in a lifetime experience – the next best thing to meeting the great man himself. Which set us thinking, what if David Bowie did spend a weekend in São Paulo? Here are our top tips for a Ziggy Stardust style tour of Brazil’s original urban jungle.
Here at Dehouche we thrive on exclusivity, and like New York, São Paulo has its fair share of speakeasy style, secret or guest-list only drinking holes. The original São Paulo speakeasy, Bar Segredo, is to some extent now the city’s worst kept ‘segredo’ so if he really wanted to party in private with a strictly vetted but eclectic guest list of São Paulo’s finest, we suggest Bowie heads to the new Bar Balsa, a secret bar with a spectacular location in a once abandoned building downtown São Paulo. With a huge terrace overlooking some of the city’s urban landmarks, Balsa is one of several new establishments leading the way in the current trend of re-occupation of urban spaces.
For a bite to eat, the family run Amadeus seafood restaurant is one of the best in São Paulo. Chef Bella Masano takes traditional Brazilian dishes and adds her own artistic flair, and as the Masano family bring in their own supply of sea food straight from Florianopolis, they know exactly what they’re serving up. The occasional live music sessions and the obvious musical link means Bowie would be in his element.
The glamrock king, whose stage outfits still stun today would be mightily impressed by local Paulista boy Alexandre Herchcovitch’s collection. His eclectic prints and avant-garde designs have stunned on the catwalks recently.
Being in the heart of the biggest city in South America makes it hard to see the night sky in all its starry glory. So when Major Tom’s creator wants to get back to experiencing life of Mars we’ll send him to Planetario do Ibirapuera, Latin America’s first planetarium.
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