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A major retrospective at the V&A’s Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

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Posted by , 13th April, 2017

You might have seen or heard the news last August, that an inflatable pig was hovering above the V&A building. A reference to the band’s iconic visual creation, its appearance announced a new exhibition, expected to receive global success and break visitor records of museums & galleries. From 13 May – 1 October 2017, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum will exhibit the first major international retrospective of Pink Floyd, one of the world’s most pioneering and influential bands.

Set to coincide with the 50-year anniversary of the band’s first single Arnold Layne, The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains will be an immersive, multi-sensory and dramatic voyage into Pink Floyd’s bizarre world. The exhibition will narrate the visual history of the band and celebrate their key role in changing the cultural landscape and widespread understanding of music, from pioneering the underground psychedelic scene in 1960’s London, to the present. It will illustrate their ground-breaking use of special effects, sonic experimentation, powerful imagery and social commentary. Visitors will experience unseen concert footage and a custom-designed laser light show.

“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.”
Martin Roth - Director of the V&A

The exhibition will celebrate the band’s era-defining work in composition, staging, film, graphic design and photography. It will feature more than 350 objects and artefacts including instruments, equipment, artwork, handwritten lyrics and other material “long-held in storage facilities, studios and personal collections for over 40 years”, presented alongside works from the V&A’s collections.

Pink Floyd have produced some of the most iconic imagery in popular culture: from pigs flying over Battersea Power Station to The Dark Side of the Moon prism; concepts visualised by creative individuals like modern surrealist Storm Thorgerson, satirical illustrator Gerald Scarfe and psychedelic lighting innovator Peter Wynne-Wilson. Highlights will comprise of impressive set and construction pieces from Pink Floyd’s most 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.

  • Tickets on sale now
  • Admission £20 (Monday-Friday), £24 (Saturday-Sunday), concessions available
  • V&A Members go free. Advance booking strongly advised.
  • Tickets available in person at the V&A; online here, or by calling 0800 912 6961 (booking fee applies)
  • For more information visit the dedicated website here. Use the hashtag #TheirMortalRemains

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