An exhibition opening at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on May 13 will celebrate 50 years since the launch of Pink Floyd‘s first single, “Arnold Layne.”
After more than 200 million record sales, 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, illustrating their groundbreaking use of special effects, sonic experimentation, powerful imagery and social commentary.
The exhibition marks the first collaboration in decades of Pink Floyd’s remaining members and is promoted by Michael Cohl and Iconic Entertainment Studios.
The exhibition will celebrate Pink Floyd’s place in history as the cultural landscape changed throughout the 1960s and beyond.
Martin Roth, director of the V&A, said: “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 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 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.
At the exhibition, visitors will have the unique opportunity to experience never-before-seen classic Pink Floyd concert footage and a cust0m-designed laser light show.
Michael Cohl of Iconic Entertainment Studios said: “We are proud to have been chosen as the promoter of what will be an incredible exhibition at the V&A.
“I have always loved being involved with Pink Floyd and the work that goes into making a visual spectacular. This is the culmination of a long history together and I’m happy to work once again with one of the greatest bands of all time.”
The exhibition is curated by the V&A by a team led by Victoria Broackes alongside Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell of Hipgnosis, the creative director of Pink Floyd, and Paula Stainton.
The curatorial team have 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.
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains opens on May 13 2017 for 20 weeks.
Nick Mason recently told TeamRock: “Museum exhibitions are actually the new thing – everyone’s done the west end musical… well, apart from us.
“The groundbreaker was the David Bowie exhibition – and hopefully being able to take that on a bit further.
“For our exhibition we’re looking at developments, particularly in audio but now also in visual – things that we might be able to do and that’s really exciting.”