THE Victoria and Albert Museum will mount a sensational new show celebrating the phenomenal success of ‘60s psychedelic rock band, Pink Floyd, next year. The exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the band’s debut single, Arnold Layne, and comprises a spectacular laser light-show, unseen concert footage and a host of band memorabilia.
Curated by Victoria Broackes in collaboration with surviving band members and entertainment architects, Stufish the show recreates designs from the band’s spectacular sets and album covers which include The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and The Division Bell. The exhibition highlights Pink Floyd’s pioneering approach in both sound and vision defined by Museum Director, Martin Roth as “an impressive and enduring British design story of creative success”.
Following the success of the V&A’s show, David Bowie Is, this exhibition offers fans the opportunity to take part in an immersive sonic experience utilising cutting-edge museum technology by audio specialist, Sennheiser to recreate an psychedelic scene of the 60s. The show displays artefacts from the Museum’s extensive performance collections and also from band members comprising original album covers designed by Hipgnosis, Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell and Storm Thorgerson, posters, handwritten lyrics and not least, Pink Floyd’s instruments including their vintage Azimuth Co-ordinator, the first panning control for sound systems.
Attending the announcement of the exhibition, Pink Floyd drummer, Nick Mason said, “I did think we’d be short of material. That’s turned out to be entirely incorrect. I can’t tell you how much stuff won’t fit in.”
by Miranda Charalambous
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains runs from May 13 – October 1, 2017 at Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2R
Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2000
Front page image: Pink Floyd 1971 Belsize Park © Pink Floyd Music Ltd
The exhibition is promoted by Michael Cohl of Iconic Entertainment StudiosTags: architects > artefacts > concert > designs > exhibition > instruments > lyrics > memorabilia > Pink Floyd > rock > show > Stufish > technology > Victoria and Albert Museum > vintage