Pink Floyd retrospective opens at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum
Get ready to go over to the dark side of the moon. Over 350 Pink Floyd memorabilia will be featured in the V&A Museum’s immersive exhibition called “Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains”
Following their intensely successful international exhibition ” David Bowie Is,” London’s Victoria and Albert Museum is gearing up for another blockbuster. The venue is putting another iconic musical act in the spotlight as it opens its Pink Floyd retrospective on May 13. “Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains” marks 50 years since the influential British band released its first-ever single, “Arnold Layne.” Chronicling the band’s music, design and staging from the 1960s to the present, the exhibition promises an “audio-visual journey through Pink Floyd’s unique and extraordinary worlds.”
The exhibition charts Pink Floyd’s influence on art and music throughout the years, most notably through its striking performances and aesthetic. The band is best known for its iconic psychedelic imagery, which is celebrated in this tribute exhibition. Organisers of the exhibition note visuals such as pigs flying over Battersea Power Station, the prism for “The Dark Side of the Moon,” cows, marching hammers and giant inflatable teachers—many brought to life by modern surrealist Storm Thorgerson, satirical illustrator Gerald Scarfe and psychedelic lighting pioneer Peter Wynne-Wilson.
Never-before-seen concert footage and a laser light show designed specially for the exhibition will be featured alongside displays of more than 350 objects and artefacts, accompanied by a “sonic experience” provided by Sennheiser.
Plans to take the exhibition on the road have yet to be revealed, but the show is being positioned as the follow-up to “David Bowie Is,” which opened at the V&A in 2013 and became a global success; that show continues to tour internationally, with Barcelona up next to present.
Find out more about the Pink Floyd exhibition, which runs May 13 to October at the Victoria and Albert Museum.