The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

Image courtesy of Pink Floyd Music. Photographer: Storm Storm Thorgerson Aubr

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band’s first album, The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, and debut single, Arnold Layne, with The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains. The exhibitions runs from Saturday 13th May until October 1st at the V&A in London.

Left image: Master Gadgets of Auximines. Right image: The Piper at the Gates of Down – Unknown Artist. Images courtesy of Pink Floyd Music

This major exhibition, originally conceived by Storm Thorgerson and developed by Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell, is an audio-visual journey through 50 years of one of the world’s most iconic rock bands and an exclusive glimpse into the world of Pink Floyd. It features many unseen objects and material collected over the years, as well as an in-depth look at the band’s instruments and technology. The flow of the exhibition is in chronological order and accompanied by music and band members’ voices explaining their experiences and musical experimentation.

Image courtesy of Pink Floyd Music

Housed in the exhibition, visitors will find an over-sized recreation of the famous Bedford van, which transported them everywhere in the mid 60’s, and a massive representation of ‘The Wall’ set used during Pink Floyd’s original 1980-1 tour, with the giant, inflatable schoolteacher toweing into the vaulted ceiling. The exhibit also uses visual trickery to recreate the iconic Battersea Power Station image, pictured on the cover of Pink Floyd’s Animals album, and a pitch-black space containing a holographic image bringing to life The Dark Side Of The Moon’s famous prism.

Images courtesy of Pink Floyd Music

These exhibits also include over 6-metre-high ‘metallic heads’ from the cover of 1994’s The Division Bell, the inflatable TV and refrigerator as used on Pink Floyd’s 1977 In The Flesh’ tour, the ‘lightbulb suit’ pictured on the sleeve of 1988’s Delicate Sound Of Thunder live album, and a life-sized model of the British soldier shown in the artwork for 1983’s The Final Cut album.

The exhibition aims to demonstrate Pink Floyd’s relationship with music, art, design, technology and performance from every stage of their career and personal lives, including some technical drawings and sketches, showing how the formal training they received at school later influenced the group’s creative ideas.

The Pink Floyd Exhibition offers a rare glimpse of the band’s transition from a psychedelic pop group in the ‘60s to a multi-platinum-selling-albums band in the ‘70s, ‘80s and beyond. During the years, Pink Floyd evolved their sounds many times but never changed their communication with their audience which always remained constant. Pink Floyd continue to be one of the world’s most successful and lasting rock bands.

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