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The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains at the V&A Museum

SEEN recommends that you buy your tickets now for The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, if it’s anything like the recent Rolling Stones smash hit at the Saatchi Gallery. The Pink Floyd Exhibition is to take place at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, in collaboration with Michael Cohl’s Iconic Entertainment Studios, from 13th May to 1st October 2017.

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The Pink Floyd Exhibition will be the first major international retrospective of Pink Floyd, one of the world’s most pioneering and influential bands. They occupied a distinctive experimental space and were the foremost exponents of a psychedelic movement that changed the understanding of music forever. Fifty years after 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, and the first collaboration in decades of Pink Floyd’s remaining members.

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© Pink Floyd Music Ltd

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, illustrating their groundbreaking use of special effects, sonic experimentation, powerful imagery and social commentary. 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.

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© Pink Floyd Music Ltd

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 was 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.

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© Pink Floyd Music Ltd

According to Martin Roth, Director of the V&A: “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. 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.”

© Pink Floyd Music Ltd
© Pink Floyd Music Ltd

The exhibition is curated by the V&A team led by Victoria Broackes alongside Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell of Hipgnosis, the Creative Director of Pink Floyd, and Paula Stainton. The curatorial team has worked closely with members of the group on the content of the exhibition, which is being designed by Stufish, the world leading entertainment architects and longtime stage designers for Pink Floyd.

Tickets are now on sale in person at the V&A; online at vam.ac.uk/pinkfloyd or by calling 0800 912 6961 (booking fee applies); or from ticketing partners LOVETheatre, Ticketmaster, See Tickets and Encore. Admission costs £20 (Monday-Friday), or £24 (Saturday-Sunday), concessions available, and free for V&A members.

www.vam.ac.uk

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road,
London SW7 2RL

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

 

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