The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is hosting a 50th anniversary retrospective of Pink Floyd's career in May 2017.
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has announced an exhibition next year marking the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s iconic show in 1967, which changed the art of live pop music performances.
The retrospective exhibition follows the global success of the ‘David Bowie Is’ show, which started its run at the V&A in 2013. It is set to feature a laser light show and previously unseen concert footage, as well as more than 350 artefacts including instruments, handwritten lyrics, posters, architectural drawings and psychedelic sketches and drawings spanning the rock legends’ entire career.
Pigs really did fly this morning as we announced a major spring exhibition of 2017. To mark 50 years since Pink Floyd released Arnold Layne in spring 1967 the V&A, Pink Floyd and Iconic Entertainment Studios present The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains. The band’s combination of song-writing, design, live performance, film and music technology has made them instantly recognisable worldwide and one of the top-selling artists of all time. The exhibition will chart the history of the band from their early days in London through 50 years of sound, design and performance. Get ready for the Great Gig in the Sky, you will Wish You Were Here. #TheirMortalRemains Opens 13 May 2017. Book now, V&A Members go free: vam.ac.uk/pinkfloyd
“Pink Floyd occupied a distinctive experimental space, consistently pushed artistic boundaries and produced some of the most iconic imagery in popular culture,” said the exhibition’s curator Victoria Broackes on Wednesday (August 31st) announcing the run.
Beginning in May 2017 and running for 20 weeks, the exhibition will coincide with the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s riotous and groundbreaking performance at the newly-opened Queen Elizabeth Hall in London that included tape recordings of bird calls, people throwing potatoes at percussion, flowers in the audience and a bubble machine.
It is often credited with getting rock bands to re-think the audio-visual nature of live performances – indeed, Floyd would be noted for their expansive live sets and the visuals that accompanied them throughout their career.
“As well as amazing their audience, their performance that day significantly raised expectations of live rock shows,” said Broackes. “It was a major turning point for the band and a major turning point for rock music in general.”
Pink Floyd formed in 1965 as students, consisting of Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason. The band’s drummer, Mason, explained that Floyd’s live shows were a statement against the normal method of rock performance, which saw bands perform in bills of three at a time.
“That didn’t suit us at all because nearly always we were blown off stage by these far more attractive bands who were actually rather better at playing than we were. We needed our own space and to do it in our own way.”
Of the exhibition, Mason said he had been a big fan of the Bowie exhibition in 2013 and that the V&A was an ideal space for such a display. “I think we are going to be able to do things that hopefully have never seen or heard before,” he said.