David Bowie Palermo exhibition in 100 photographs: from October 10 at Palazzo Sant'Elia

David Bowie Palermo exhibition in 100 photographs: from October 10 at Palazzo Sant’Elia

“Heroes – Bowie by Sukita” is the title of the exhibition that, from October 10, 2020 to January 31, 2021 will be hosted at Palazzo Sant’Elia in Palermo. It consists of over 100 large-format portraits by David Bowie, some of which are national premieres, which tell about a long partnership – over forty years – between the rock legend and the great master of photography Masayoshi Sukita (now 82 years old).

David Bowie and Masayoshi Sukita

The Japanese photographer arrived in London in 1972 to immortalize Marc Bolan and T-Rex. Although he did not know David Bowie, he decided to go to one of his concerts, attracted by the poster that portrayed him with one leg up against a black background.

Bowie’s manager arranged a shooting and, despite the fact that the two did not speak the same language and remained silent throughout the shoot, they felt a common artistic sensibility. From that moment on, a professional collaboration and an understanding that lasted until David Bowie’s death in 2016. Heroes is the title of Bowie’s album published in 1977: the cover featured shots taken by the Japanese photographer, inspired by a painting by the expressionist painter Erich Heckel, “Roquairol”. Bowie assumed the same position as the protagonist of the canvas.

The Exhibition in Palermo

It will be Palazzo Sant’Elia, with its eighteenth-century halls, to host the images that focus on the White Duke, a contemporary artist who enriched rock music with her artistic sensibility.

Heroes is therefore a celebration of the artist David Bowie and the photographic mastery of Masayoshi Sukita, is the rock music that enters a baroque palace. It is the celebration of a friendship. For many visitors it will also be an opportunity to relive the years of youth. The exhibition is organized by OEO Firenze Art and Le Nozze di Figaro with Fondazione Sant’Elia, curated by Ono Arte Contemporanea, under the patronage of the Municipality of Palermo and the Metropolitan City of Palermo, MLC Comunicazione office.

Don’t miss the possibility to visit the exhibition with us and discover also the city center of Palermo!

Timetables and tickets

“Heroes – Bowie by Sukita” will be open:

  • from Tuesday to Friday from 9h00 to 17h00
  • Saturday and Sunday from 10h00 to 20h00.


  • Full price ticket: 8€
  • Reduced: 6€
  • Schools: 4€
  • Free admission up to 6 years old
  • Combo ticket “Banksy” + “Heroes. Bowie by Sukita” 12€

Tickets available at Palazzo Sant’Elia, via Maqueda 81, and online at www.2tickets.it

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