Starting in May of 2017, ‘The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains’ will run at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London until the following October.
Pink Floyd are a British band to this day that were formed back in 1965 by four young students although Syd Barrett was later replaced by David Gilmour whom performed on guitar. The new exhibit at the V&A will mark 50 years since the band’s first official single, Arnold Layne, which was released in March of 1967; two years after their formation.
Nick Mason, drummer with Pink Floyd, attended the launch at the museum yesterday, which flew a giant inflatable pig over its roof for the occasion (like their 1977 Animals album cover), and although he was the sole attendee from the group, he said the remaining members are fully intending on cooperating with the new museum show. He told BBC: “There was a school of thought that I’d been not enormously excited about it but that’s not quite true. Maybe it was one of the others. I’d always seen it as possible. 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.We seem to have a bit of everything. My favourite drum-kits. Quite a lot of the old machinery that we used for recording – that’s now completely obsolete with all the digital technology.”
The Victoria and Albert said they promised “an immersive, multi-sensory and theatrical journey through Pink Floyd’s extraordinary world” which will “chronicle the music, iconic visuals and staging of the band, from the underground psychedelic scene in 1960s London to the present day”. Immersive is the key word with over 350 objects and artefacts, including instruments and original artworks encompassed in the display alongside items from stage performances, instruments, handwritten lyrics, architectural drawings and psychedelic posters.
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains will open to the public on May 13th to October 1st 2017. Tickets range from £20-£24 and can be purchased for the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibit here.