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Pink Floyd exhibition announced for Victoria & Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is hoping to replicate the success of its David Bowie exhibition with a major retrospective of Pink Floyd. The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, marking 50 years since the release of the band's first single, will include a laser light show and previously unseen concert footage. The "immersive" show will feature 350 objects and artefacts, including instruments and original artworks. The V&A 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".

 

 

 

Pink Floyd were formed in 1965 by four Cambridge students - Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Rick Wright and Nick Mason. Barrett left three years later after one album and was replaced by guitarist David Gilmour. The band has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide including 1973's The Dark Side Of The Moon, which stayed in the US album chart for more than a decade. Drummer Mason attended the launch at the London museum, which flew a giant inflatable pig over its roof for the occasion like the one pictured above Battersea Power Station on the cover of the 1977 album Animals.

 

 

V&A director Martin Roth 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."

 

 

The exhibition will also include items from some of Pink Floyd's album covers and stage performances including The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and The Division Bell, as well as instruments, handwritten lyrics, architectural drawings and psychedelic posters. After it was announced in 2012, the V&A's David Bowie exhibition became the fastest-selling in the museum's history. The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains runs from May 13 to October 1 next year. Tickets are on sale now.

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