Another outing for the Great Pig In The Sky…

On Wednesday 31st August, The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains was announced outside the V&A Museum in London, who will host the major retrospective in Spring 2017.

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The Victoria and Albert Museum with flying pig

The world’s media assembled to hear details of the multi-media celebration of the cultural impact that the band have made on the world since the release of their first single Arnold Layne in 1967. Their 50 years as a band have changed the face of live rock performance, with 200 million records sold in the process.

The gothic glory of the V&A building was highlighted by a pig, floating high above the roof in the late summer London landscape – a reference not only to one of the band’s most famous visual creations, the 1977 Animals album cover, but also a statement of intent about the scale of the exhibition, which follows the global success of the David Bowie Is presentation.

The exhibition will feature previously unseen concert footage, a laser light show and over 350 objects and artefacts including instruments, handwritten lyrics, posters, architectural drawings and artworks created by Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell and the late Storm Thorgerson of the legendary creative team Hipgnosis. Tech fans will appreciate the Azimuth Co-ordinator, Pink Floyd’s revolutionary custom-made quadrophonic speaker system which pushed the audio barriers in their mind-expanding live shows.

The exhibition will also mark the anniversary of Pink Floyd’s game-changing Games For May live concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, where they were allowed to transfer their psychedelic, no-holds-barred artistic experience from the then-anarchic settings of the likes of the Roundhouse to the cultural establishment surroundings of London’s South Bank.

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Nick Mason outside the press call

Drummer, and co-founder, of Pink Floyd Nick Mason addressed the V&A press call, saying he was surprised he and the remaining members were still doing things together after 50 years. “If you told me that we would still exist even four years after we started professionally I would have been surprised. Now I feel like something that’s owned by the National Trust. I think we are going to be able to do things that hopefully have never seen or heard before,” he confidently predicted.

The V&A’s director Martin Roth, a self-confessed Floyd fan, said the band were a “great British success story”, while Victoria Broackes described Pink Floyd as a “great fit for a museum so dedicated to art, design and performance”.

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(left to right) Martin Roth, Nick Mason of Pink Floyd, Tim Reeve, Victoria Broackes and Michael Cohl attending a photo call for the first ever Pink Floyd Exhibition in the UK, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Photo : Ian West/PA Wire

For his part, Nick Mason had been concerned whether there would be enough interesting material to include in the show, but “That’s turned out to be entirely incorrect”, he said. “I can’t tell you how much stuff won’t fit in!”

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains runs from 13th May 2017 until 15th October 2017. Tickets are on sale now.

“an immersive and
theatrical showcase…”