Pink Floyd Celebrate 50 Years With Exhibition Of Art & Memorabilia
Wed, 10 May 2017 09:29:17
Few bands can truly employ the word 'iconic' with a sense of real meaning. Pink Floyd, however, are one band that fully fit the definition of the term. With a fifty year career that has explored music, video and graphic of varying themes and formats, the rock band have produced countless pieces of artwork that have become larger than the genre from which they emerged.
In celebration of the milestone year of recording as Pink Floyd, a new exhibition celebrating the career of the band, featuring a raft of memorabilia and tributes to the group's often surreal iconography, opens in London on Sunday.
London's Victoria and Albert Museum will be hosting "The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains", to mark the 50th anniversary of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, the British band's groundbreaking debut album.
Speaking about the exhibition Pink Floyd drummer, Nick Mason, who worked with the designers behind much of the band's legendary artwork, said "It's not just about nostalgia. Fifty years always seems like a good moment, and the truth of the matter is that we're not all here forever. We've lost two of the band over the years," he said, referencing the band's original lead guitarist and main songwriter Syd Barrett, and keyboardist Rick Wright, "and it's so important...if you want to tell these stories to do it when people are still around to tell them."
The exhibition promises to be an audio-visual chronicle of Pink Floyd's rise from London's underground music scene in the late 1960s to global domination, and a career that saw them sell over 250 million albums.
Visitors to the exhibition will enter through an oversized recreation of the van that carried Pink Floyd to their early gigs. Once inside there are over 350 artifacts ranging from original concert posters to guitars from the band's career. Also on display will be a selection of unreleased footage of the group at work.
One of the band's most remembered album covers, Animals, is celebrated in a mock-up of Battersea power station — the red brick building with it's famous chimneys. Also present is a towering head of the head teacher from the stage set of the 1980-1981 world tour which promoted their album The Wall.
So, for those with the ability to make it out to the London exhibition it seems like there's something to see from every age of the band's evolution. For the rest of us, unable to make it the Victoria and Albert museum, we can only hope that the exhibition will fly like pigs to a location a little closer to home.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff