The first major international retrospective of Pink Floyd will open at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum on 13 May, 2017. It will commemorate 50 years since the first single was released by a collective destined to become one of the world’s most pioneering and influential bands with over 200 million record sales.
The exhibition will chronicle the music, iconic visuals and staging of the band. Journey through Pink Floyd’s extraordinary world, from the underground psychedelic scene in 1960s London to the present day, their groundbreaking use of special effects, sonic experimentation, powerful imagery and social commentary.
During the 1960s, the cultural landscape shifted, and Pink Floyd earned their place in history, holding a distinctive experimental to become the foremost exponents of a psychedelic movement that changed musical understanding forever.
Pink Floyd have also produced some of the most iconic imagery in popular culture: from pigs flying over Battersea Power Station, The Dark Side of the Moon prism, cows, marching hammers to giant inflatable teachers; their vision brought to life by creative individuals such as modern surrealist and long-time collaborator Storm Thorgerson, satirical illustrator Gerald Scarfe and psychedelic lighting pioneer Peter Wynne Wilson.
“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.” – Martin Roth, Director of the V&A.
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains exhibition will feature more than 350 objects and artefacts, and highlights will include spectacular set and construction pieces from some of Pink Floyd’s most innovative and legendary album covers and stage performances including The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and The Division Bell, instruments, music technology, original designs, architectural drawings, handwritten lyrics and psychedelic prints and posters.
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains is open from 13 May – 1 October, 2017. Tickets are available now.
- Tickets on sale now
- For more information, and to buy tickets, visit the V&A website
- V&A Members go free. Advance booking strongly advised.
Tickets available in person at the V&A; online at vam.ac.uk/pinkfloyd or by calling 0800 912 6961 (booking fee applies); or from ticketing partners LOVETheatre, Ticketmaster, See Tickets and Encore.