I know I will do next spring: I will be in London. Not only for the city I love, but also for a really impressive event that will take place at Victoria and Albert Museum. That’s because, between 13 May and 1 October 2017, here it will take place the first major international retrospective of Pink Floyd, one of the world’s most pioneering and influential bands (and one of my favourite teenager music – I cannot remember how many times I listened The Wall…).
“The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains”, at Victoria & Albert Museum, between 13 May and 1 October 2017.
To mark 50 years since the band released their first single Arnold Layne, and over 200 million record sales later, “The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains” will be an immersive, multi-sensory and theatrical journey through Pink Floyd’s extraordinary world. A story of sound, design and performance, the exhibition will chronicle the music, iconic visuals and staging of the band, from the underground psychedelic scene in 1960s London to the present day.
Pink Floyd 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 vision 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 Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains”, with sonic experience by Sennheiser, will celebrate the band’s era-defining work in composition, staging, design, film, music technology, graphic design and photography. It 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 will include 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, music technology, original designs, architectural drawings, handwritten lyrics and psychedelic prints and posters.
Photography: Victoria And Albert Museum, https://www.vam.ac.uk