By Bas Hendrikx

This work of art by Reinier Vrancken reads like an apology, but raises many questions at the same time. “I never meant to kill David Bowie. About a week after his death I came to realise that I had stolen a part of him by using one of his song titles in a work of art. It was only an accident.” What did the visual artist do to Bowie? There is a tissue next to these words and it is claimed that it has David Bowie’s lipstick on it. It refers to one of the objects that was on display in the travelling David Bowie exhibition a few years ago, including at the Groninger Museum. Vrancken doesn’t reveal whether this is a relic of a fan or a museum artefact. It seems to be all about the mythical status that pop stars can achieve and the way in which this is reflected on the objects around them: signed posters, items of clothing, basically everything that the hands of a pop musician have touched becomes highly valuable.