Published on May 13th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Pink Floyd Exhibition at V&A
This weekend, a new Pink Floyd exhibition opens at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains provides a unique journey through the world of this much loved band.
Taking place from 13th May to 1st October 2017, Their Mortal Remains chronicles the music, design and staging of Pink Floyd. It takes visitors from the band’s debut back in 1960 to the present day and features over 350 artefacts.
The idea for this retrospective was originally devised by Storm Thorgerson, the designer of many of the band’s iconic album covers. His work is shown in the Pink Floyd Presentation Pack which features the artwork of these classic Pink Floyd albums.
- The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, 1967
- Atom Heart Mother, 1970
- The Dark Side of the Moon, 1973
- Wish You Were Here, 1975
- Animals, 1977
- The Endless River, 2014
After Thorgerson’s death in 2013, Aubrey “Po” Powell, the band’s creative director took over the project. He has curated this exhibition with Paula Stainton and curators at the V&A. They in turn have worked closely with band members Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and the Estate of Richard Wright.
Powell has liked the exhibition to “an Alice in Wonderland trip”. Visitors first arrive at the exhibition via a life size replica of Pink Floyd’s black and white Bedford van which they used during their tours in the 1960’s.
Other highlights of the exhibition include:
- “Animals” album cover artwork. This infamous cover features the iconic inflatable pig floating between the chimneys of Battersea Power Station.
- Band face masks from “The Wall Live” in 1979.
- The Azimuth Co-ordinator which was used on stage at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1967. Pink Floyd were the first band to use this equipment, a panning control for quadraphonic sound systems.
- Syd Barrett’s orange bicycle
50 Years of Pink Floyd
2017 sees Pink Floyd celebrate 50 years since the release of their first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Therefore, this exhibition is a well-timed tribute to one of the most innovative bands in history. Their music combined with spectacular stage shows set the standard for many artists, and their influence remains for all to see today.
The V&A hope this exhibition is as popular as the David Bowie retrospective exhibition in 2013. With over 1.5 million visitors, the Bowie exhibition was the most popular in the museum’s history.
Did You Know?
David Gilmour gave Kate Bush her big break. On receiving a demo tape from Ricky Hopper, a mutual friend, Gilmour then helped Kate produce a more professional sounding tape. She was signed by EMI Records when she was still only 16 years old.
For full details about the exhibition, visit the V&A website for opening times and ticket information.