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David Bowie performs as Ziggy Stardust, 1973 (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: A general view of the exhibition 'David Bowie' at Martin Gropius Bau on May 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition opens to the public on May 20 and runs until August 10, 2014. (Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: Visitors view work from David Bowie during the exhibition 'David Bowie' at Martin Gropius Bau on May 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition opens to the public on May 20 and runs until August 10, 2014. (Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: A general view of the exhibition 'David Bowie' at Martin Gropius Bau on May 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition opens to the public on May 20 and runs until August 10, 2014.(Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: A general view of the exhibition 'David Bowie' at Martin Gropius Bau on May 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition opens to the public on May 20 and runs until August 10, 2014.(Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: A general view of the exhibition 'David Bowie' at Martin Gropius Bau on May 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition opens to the public on May 20 and runs until August 10, 2014. (Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: A general view of the exhibition 'David Bowie' at Martin Gropius Bau on May 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition opens to the public on May 20 and runs until August 10, 2014.(Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: A general view of the exhibition 'David Bowie' at Martin Gropius Bau on May 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition opens to the public on May 20 and runs until August 10, 2014. (Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: Visitors view work from David Bowie during the exhibition 'David Bowie' at Martin Gropius Bau on May 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition opens to the public on May 20 and runs until August 10, 2014. (Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: Visitors view work from David Bowie during the exhibition 'David Bowie' at Martin Gropius Bau on May 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition opens to the public on May 20 and runs until August 10, 2014. (Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: Visitors view work from David Bowie during the exhibition 'David Bowie' at Martin Gropius Bau on May 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition opens to the public on May 20 and runs until August 10, 2014. (Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: A general view of the exhibition 'David Bowie' at Martin Gropius Bau on May 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition opens to the public on May 20 and runs until August 10, 2014.(Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: A general view of the exhibition 'David Bowie' at Martin Gropius Bau on May 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition opens to the public on May 20 and runs until August 10, 2014. (Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: Visitors view work from David Bowie during the exhibition 'David Bowie' at Martin Gropius Bau on May 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition opens to the public on May 20 and runs until August 10, 2014. (Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: Visitors view work from David Bowie during the exhibition 'David Bowie' at Martin Gropius Bau on May 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition opens to the public on May 20 and runs until August 10, 2014. (Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: Shoes from David Bowie are pictured during the exhibition 'David Bowie' at Martin Gropius Bau on May 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition opens to the public on May 20 and runs until August 10, 2014. (Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
The Ziggy Stardust jumpsuit designed by Freddie Burretti (1972) is seen in front of a video installation at the 'David Bowie' exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau museum in Berlin during a preview on May 19, 2014. The retrospective that was on display at London's Victoria and Albert Museum before will be running in the German capital from May 20 to August 10, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION, TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 24: The doors to the 'David Bowie' exhibition opened to the media Tuesday morning. On display were a number of photographs, costumes and installations that detail different phases of the pop icon's career. The highly anticipated exhibition was imported from London's Victoria and Albert Museum. (Lucas Oleniuk/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: A general view of the exhibition 'David Bowie' at Martin Gropius Bau on May 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition opens to the public on May 20 and runs until August 10, 2014. (Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: A visitor takes a picture during the exhibition 'David Bowie' at Martin Gropius Bau on May 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition opens to the public on May 20 and runs until August 10, 2014. (Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: A visitor takes a picture during the exhibition 'David Bowie' at Martin Gropius Bau on May 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition opens to the public on May 20 and runs until August 10, 2014. (Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: A general view of the exhibition 'David Bowie' at Martin Gropius Bau on May 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition opens to the public on May 20 and runs until August 10, 2014.(Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 24: The doors to the 'David Bowie' exhibition opened to the media Tuesday morning. On display were a number of photographs, costumes and installations that detail different phases of the pop icon's career. The highly anticipated exhibition was imported from London's Victoria and Albert Museum. (Lucas Oleniuk/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: Visitors view work from David Bowie during the exhibition 'David Bowie' at Martin Gropius Bau on May 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition opens to the public on May 20 and runs until August 10, 2014. (Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: Visitors view work from David Bowie during the exhibition 'David Bowie' at Martin Gropius Bau on May 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition opens to the public on May 20 and runs until August 10, 2014. (Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 24: The doors to the 'David Bowie' exhibition opened to the media Tuesday morning. On display were a number of photographs, costumes and installations that detail different phases of the pop icon's career. The highly anticipated exhibition was imported from London's Victoria and Albert Museum. (Lucas Oleniuk/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: A general view of the exhibition 'David Bowie' at Martin Gropius Bau on May 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition opens to the public on May 20 and runs until August 10, 2014.(Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: A general view of the exhibition 'David Bowie' at Martin Gropius Bau on May 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition opens to the public on May 20 and runs until August 10, 2014. (Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: A general view of the exhibition 'David Bowie' at Martin Gropius Bau on May 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition opens to the public on May 20 and runs until August 10, 2014. (Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1973: Musician David Bowie 1973 signs an autograph in 1973 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
David Bowie performs on stage on his Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane tour in London, 1973. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
THE ANDY WILLIAMS SHOW -- Aired 10/30/66 -- Pictured: (l-r) Bing Crosby, Andy Wiilliams -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: David Bowie in concert. Archive. (Unspecified date). (Photo by Michel PONOMAREFF/PONOPRESSE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
David Bowie during David Bowie Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
FRANCE - OCTOBER 14: David Bowie In Concert Of Paris On October 14th, 1999 In Paris,France (Photo by Frederic REGLAIN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL -- 'The 1980 Floor Show starring David Bowie' Episode 210 -- Aired: 11/16/73 -- Pictured: David Bowie during his last show as Ziggy Stardust filmed mostly at The Marquee Club in London, England from October 18-20, 1973 -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1973: Rock and roll musician David Bowie poses for a portrait dressed as 'Ziggy Stardust' in a hotel room in 1973 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 01: Photo of David BOWIE; performing live onstage on Glass Spider tour (Photo by Bob King/Redferns)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 01: FORUM Photo of David BOWIE, performing live onstage at The Forum on Serious Moonlight tour (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
**FILE**David Bowie attends an awards show June 5, 2007 in New York. Bowie has donated $10,000 to a legal defense fund for six black teens charged in an alleged attack on a white classmate in the tiny central Louisiana town of Jena.(AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)
David Bowie, 1973 final show of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Hammersmith Odeon, London (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
British glam rocker David Bowie is seen in 1973 during his Ziggy Stardust period. (AP Photo)
British rock singer, David Bowie, poses beside his Rolls Royce in May 1973. (AP Photo)
UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 09: WEMBLEY STADIUM Photo of David BOWIE, performing live onstage at NetAid concert (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns)
David Bowie during David Bowie's 50th Birthday Celebration Concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Patti Ouderkirk/WireImage)
David Bowie during David Bowie live at Wembley Arena at Wembley Arena in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
David Bowie performing at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View Calif. on October 21st, 1995. Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images
Annie Lennox and David Bowie perform at a charity concert for AIDS research, 20th April 1992. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES: Singer and musician David Bowie with supermodel Iman, circa 1992. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
LONDON - 23rd JANUARY: David Bowie appears at a press conference to promote his Sound + Vision tour at the Rainbow Theatre in London on 23rd January 1990. (Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 17: David Bowie (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 06: David Bowie (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 06: David Bowie (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1988: Musician David Bowie performing onstage in circa 1988. (Photo by Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 01: Photo of David BOWIE; performing live onstage at The Forum on Serious Moonlight tour (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
UNITED STATES - MAY 01: MADISON SQUARE GARDEN Photo of David BOWIE, performing live onstage on Low/Heroes 1978 World Tour (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
UNITED STATES - MAY 01: MADISON SQUARE GARDEN Photo of David BOWIE, David Bowie performing on stage - Low/Heroes 1978 World Tour (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
UNITED STATES - MAY 01: MADISON SQUARE GARDEN Photo of David BOWIE and Dennis DAVIS, Dennis Davis (L) and David Bowie performing live onstage on Low/Heroes 1978 World Tour (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
UNITED STATES - MAY 01: MADISON SQUARE GARDEN Photo of David BOWIE, performing live onstage on Low/Heroes 1978 World Tour (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
UNITED STATES - MAY 01: Photo of David BOWIE; performing live onstage on the Low/Heroes 1978 World Tour, (Photo by Gai Terrell/Redferns)
SAN DIEGO, CA - 1978: Singer, songwriter and film actor, David Bowie, performs onstage in a 1978 San Diego, California, concert at the Sports Arena. Bowie had a string of hit albums during the late 1970s including 'Station To Station' and the Brian Eno-influenced 'Low.' (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
British rock singer and actor David Bowie sits and holds a cigarette with Dutch actor Romy Haag at the club L'Alcazar, following his concert at the Pavilion, Paris, France, May 18, 1976. (Photo by Pictorial Parade/Getty Images)
ROTTERDAM, HOLLAND - 13th MAY: David Bowie performs live at Ahoy, Rotterdam on May 13 1976 on the final leg of his 1976 Thin White Duke World Tour. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
David Bowie 1974 (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
David Bowie 1983 US Festival (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
David Bowie performs as Ziggy Stardust, 1973 (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
David Bowie performs as Ziggy Stardust, 1973 (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 07: NASHVILLE Photo of David BOWIE, David Bowie performing on stage (Photo by Beth Gwinn/Redferns)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 01 : Singer David Bowie performs on stage at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City during the Philly Dogs tour in October 1974. (Photo by Steve Morley/Redferns)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 01 : Singer David Bowie performs on stage at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City during the Philly Dogs tour in October 1974. (Photo by Steve Morley/Redferns)
David Bowie, British singer-songwriter, during a live concert performance on stage at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, USA, 30 October 1974. Bowie was on his Philly Dogs tour. (Photo by Steve Morley/Redferns/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - FEBRUARY 13: David Bowie, wearing an eye patch, conducts a press conference at the Amstel Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands on February 13 1974. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
HILVERSUM, HOLLAND - FEBRUARY 13: David Bowie with eye patch performs Rebel Rebel in the Top Pop Studios, Hilversum, Holland on February 13 1974 (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
HILVERSUM, NETHERLANDS - FEBRUARY 13: David Bowie, with eye patch, performs ‘Rebel Rebel’ in the Top Pop Studios, Hilversum, Netherlands on February 13 1974. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
British rock star David Bowie on stage at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles in October 1974 during his Diamond Dogs tour. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: English singer, musician and actor David Bowie, circa 1974. Bowie turns 60 on Monday January 8, 2006. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
English singer, musician and actor David Bowie, 1974. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 03: HAMMERSMITH ODEON Photo of David BOWIE, performing live onstage at final Ziggy Stardust concert (Photo by Debi Doss/Redferns)
LONDON - MAY 12: David Bowie performs live on stage at Earls Court Arena on May 12 1973 during the Ziggy Stardust tour (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: NEWCASTLE CITY HALL Photo of David BOWIE, performing live onstage on Ziggy Stardust tour (Photo by Ian Dickson/Redferns)
LONG BEACH - MARCH 10: Musician David Bowie performs onstage on March 10, 1973 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
English singer and songwriter David Bowie performing in a knitted body suit on the Ziggy Stardust Tour, 1973. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1973: Musician David Bowie performs onstage during his 'Ziggy Stardust' era in 1973 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1973: Musician David Bowie performs onstage during his 'Ziggy Stardust' era in 1973 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of David BOWIE; Davie Jones (Davy Jones), posed, c.1965, reading book (Photo by CA/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of David BOWIE; Davie Jones (Davy Jones), posed, c.1965, playing Framus 12 string acoustic guitar (Photo by CA/Redferns)
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CHICAGO (AP) - An art exhibition chronicling the five-decade career of musician David Bowie opens Tuesday at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, the only U.S. stop on its schedule.

"David Bowie is" features more than 400 items including photography, album artwork, handwritten lyrics, original fashions, set designs and rare performance material.

Bowie, one's of music's great chameleons, has adopted and discarded personas as he moved through musical styles during his career - from folk-rock to glam to soul to electronica.

The exhibit includes body suits Bowie wore as "Ziggy Stardust" and the Union Jack coat that he and the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen made for the "Earthling" album cover in 1997.

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London organized the exhibit, which runs in Chicago through Jan. 4. The exhibition previously was shown in London, Toronto, Sao Paulo and Berlin. After Chicago, it travels to Paris, the Netherlands and Melbourne, Australia.


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