Pink Floyd’s History Detailed in Ambitious Museum Exhibit

09/02/2016

Pink Floyd’s History Detailed in Ambitious Museum Exhibit

–Joe Lund

The rich history of Pink Floyd will be documented in a major exhibit set to run at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Titled “The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains,” the ambitious retrospective will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the release of the band’s first single. More than 350 objects and artifacts will be available for viewing – including handwritten lyrics, musical instruments, original album art and iconic props used during Floyd’s various tours. Exhibition curator Victoria Broackes describes the project as “an immersive, multi-sensory and theatrical journey that pushes the boundaries of exhibition design.”

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“One of the world’s most pioneering and influential bands … Pink Floyd occupied a distinctive experimental space and have, through their career, pushed artistic boundaries,” she said. “They produced some of the most iconic imagery in popular culture through their album visuals and their stage shows, which relate to their architectural and art school training. They’re a great fit for the V&A.”

Surviving Floyd members Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason collaborated with museum officials on the project. Mason spoke recently with NME.com, who asked the drummer if he stumbled onto some favorite “finds” as he sifted through the artifacts. “It’s really odd stuff that turns up,” replied Mason. “One interesting thing was finding an old cymbal case, opening it up and finding all the drum fronts that I had in the very early 70’s that were painted for me by different people. I’d forgotten about then, so to find them was absolutely lovely, these really curious painted works from the period.”

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains” will run from May 13, 2017 through September. Meanwhile, on November 11, the band will release a massive, 27-disc box set titled “The Early Years 1965-1972.”

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An inflatable pig floats over the V&A Museum to mark the announcement of the 2017 Pink Floyd exhibition. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

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