Pink Floyd at the V&A: ‘Their Mortal Remains’

The iconic band’s progress – from gigging in the London underground music scene, to philosophical social commentators at the top of their game – is charted by the V&A through their musical and stage memoranda – unmissable!

Band face masks from ‘The Wall Live’, 1979. Photograph: StormStudios. © Pink Floyd Music Ltd.

Until Sunday, 1st October 2017 the V&A Museum, London, are curating a collection of considerable significance – artefacts from the popular music band, Pink Floyd.

The Museum states:-

‘Experience a spectacular and unparalleled audio-visual journey through Pink Floyd’s unique and extraordinary worlds, chronicling the music, design and staging of the band, from their debut in the 1960s through to the present day.’…

Exhibition critic The Daily Telegraph concurs that this is a must-see event:-

‘Imaginatively conceived, fascinatingly curated, beautifully designed and stunningly realised’…

Art Today couldn’t agree more.  With pieces ranging from a Flowerpetal Mirrorball stage prop c. 1973-5, to an Azimuth Co-ordinator used onstage at Queen Elizabeth Hall, 1967, there is much to attract both music fans and contemporary art lovers alike.

Flowerpetal Mirrorball stage prop, c. 1973-5.

Pink Floyd have remained at the pinnacle of the music industry for over 50 years, since their inception in 1963.  Starting out as a warm-up act for Procul Harem and performing in the London underground music scene, the band rose to international success by the end of the 1960s.  Albums such as ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ and ‘The Wall’ proved seminal works, captivating the progressive and psychedelic music scenes, impressed with their philosophical lyrics and extended composition.

Their designated last album – ‘The Endless River – was published in 2014.  It became the most pre-ordered album on Amazon of all time, debuted at No. 1 in a number of countries, and the vinyl version was the fastest-selling UK vinyl release of 2014 and the fastest-selling since 1997.

Their elaborately-executed live shows were renowned for their use of thought-provoking props, indicative of the fusion between contemporary art and music occurring at the time.

This exhibition provides a through-the-looking-glass opportunity to peruse a collection of works which personify an era of music history the like of which will never be seen again.

Details: Rooms 38 and 39, daily with late-evening opportunity every Friday.  Tickets £20 – £24 (or FREE to museum members).  South Kensington Station, Circle Line.  Pink Floyd ‘Their Mortal Remains’ merchandise is available at the online museum shop.

 

[Credits: vam.ac.uk; telegraph.co.uk; cnbc.com; officialcharts.com]

 

 

 

 

 

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