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Taiko Dubai unveils an exclusive showcase of artworks from pop culture icon David Bowie

Revel in an enthralling environment of art and culture combined with culinary excellence and inspired libations.

Taiko Dubai, located at Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk, has revealed its first collaboration with Masterpiece Dubai, a fine art dealership from the United Kingdom that recently opened its flagship gallery within the UAE. 

The first endeavour of its kind for both entities unveils an exclusive showcase of artworks known as ‘The Arcane Series’ by the late musician David Bowie at Taiko Bar. Never before seen in the region, The Arcane Series was initially conceived as Christmas cards by David Bowie in 1975 and are the earliest and foremost visual representations of the musician’s interest in the esoteric. The series consists of five silkscreen prints inspired by contemporary 70’s references which remained a lifelong interest well into Bowie’s later life. Tarot, Kabbalah and divinity play heavily in conceptualising the five prints with the artworks representing Lovers, Death, Star, Moon and Earth. Executed in bold colours on fine and delicate hand-made Japanese paper, the creation of The Arcane Series shows considerable care and attention. These imaginative, mystical, and eclectic prints, based on specifically selected cards from the Thoth Tarot of British occultist Aleister Crowley, personify Bowie’s active interest in magic and the occult, imbuing hidden and personal meaning that is deemed the most intimate collection of fine artworks created by Bowie himself.

Exclusively hosting this one-of-a-kind exhibition, Taiko Bar, the contemporary Asian concept from Amsterdam and brainchild of Schilo van Coevorden, serves as the idyllic setting to showcase these original and breath-taking works. To mark the collaboration, guests visiting Taiko Bar are invited to indulge in a selection of Bowie inspired cocktails and unique concoctions created by talented Taiko Bar mixologists. The specially curated menu features cocktails named after Bowie’s biggest musical hits, including the Star Man; a lychee citrus-based spirit topped with purple shiso salt to tingle the taste buds, while the Rebel Rebel features a white grape and frozen passion fruit sangria mix. Finally, Space Oddity, is a heady combination of exotic fruit-infused liqueurs for guests to savour as they peruse the selected artworks on display.

The exhibition runs daily until Sunday, 8 August 2021.

GO: Visit www.sofitel-dubai-theobelisk.com for more information.

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