Bowie’s Gas Heart Belonged to Dada

David Bowie‘s dramatic performance with Klaus Nomi and Joey Arias on SNL in 1979 . . .

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. . .  shows the continuing impact Dada had on Bowie’s art, in this case, the costumes Sonia  Delaunay designed for Tristan Tzara‘s 1921 play, Le Cœur à gaz (The Gas Heart):

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As bizarre as many probably found it, Bowie’s performance was received much better than Tzara’s play:


Thanks again to Paul Morley’s The Age of Bowie for sending me back to various highlights of Bowie’s career.

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