London’s Victoria and Albert Museum today announced the first major international retrospective of Pink Floyd, one of the world’s most pioneering and influential bands. The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, will launch in spring 2017
To mark 50 years since Pink Floyd released their first single, Arnold Layne, and over 200 million record
sales later, The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains will run from 13 May until 1 October 2017. An immersive, multi-sensory and theatrical journey through Pink Floyd’s extraordinary world, the exhibition chronicles the band from the underground psychedelic scene in 1960s London to the present day, illustrating their groundbreaking use of special effects, sonic experimentation, powerful imagery and social commentary.
Pink Floyd occupied a distinctive experimental space and were the foremost exponents of a psychedelic movement that changed the understanding of music forever. They became one of the most important groups in contemporary music and have produced some of the most iconic imagery in popular culture: from pigs flying over Battersea Power Station, The Dark Side of the Moon prism, cows, marching hammers to giant inflatable teachers. Their visions were brought to life by creative individuals such as modern surrealist and long-time collaborator Storm Thorgerson, satirical illustrator Gerald Scarfe and
psychedelic lighting pioneer Peter Wynne-Wilson.
‘The V&A is perfectly placed to exhibit the work of a band that is as recognisable for its unique visual imagery as for its music,’ said Martin Roth, Director of the V&A. ‘Pink Floyd is an impressive and enduring British design story of creative success. Alongside creating extraordinary music, they have for over five decades been pioneers in uniting sound and vision, from their earliest 1960s performances with experimental light shows, through their spectacular stadium rock shows, to their consistently iconic album covers. The exhibition will locate them within the history of performance, design and musical production by presenting and complementing the material from Pink Floyd’s own archive with the V&A’s unrivalled collections in architecture, design, graphics and literature.’
Alongside creating extraordinary music, Pink Floyd have for over five decades been pioneers in uniting sound and vision
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains will feature more than 350 objects and artefacts including never-before-seen material, presented alongside works from the V&A’s outstanding collections of art, design, architecture and performance.
Highlights include a sonic experience by audio specialist Sennheiser, the unique opportunity to experience never-before-seen classic Pink Floyd concert footage and a custom-designed laser light show, spectacular set and construction pieces from some of Pink Floyd’s most innovative and legendary album covers and stage performances (including The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and The Division Bell), instruments, original designs, handwritten lyrics and psychedelic prints and posters.
The exhibition marks the first collaboration in decades of Pink Floyd’s remaining members and is promoted by Michael Cohl and Iconic Entertainment Studios.
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 31 August 2016. Admission £20 (Mon-Fri) or £24 (Sat-Sun), concessions available. V&A Members go free. To book see vam.ac.uk/pinkfloyd or call 0800 912 6961
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