The Victoria & Albert is an internationally renowned museum of art and design. It houses a permanent collection that has in excess of 2.3 million objects spanning over five thousand years of human creativity. The V & A holds lots of the United Kingdom’s national collections.
Additionally, it holds some of the most remarkable study resources for sculpture, architecture, glass, ceramics, furniture, photography, jewellery, painting, fashion, textiles, Asian art and design, book arts, theatre and performance.
Pink Floyd is an enduring and impressive British success story of creative design. Besides creating music of extraordinary nature, they have been pioneers for over 5 decades in uniting sound and vision. This is evident from their earliest performances in the 1960s through their experimental light shows, to spectacular stadium rock shows as well as their iconic album covers.
Uniting Sound and Vision
Viewers will get to experience an innovative, unprecedented, and multi-sensory journey through extraordinary worlds of Pink Floyd. This chronicles the design, music, and staging of this remarkable band, starting from their 1960s debut through to today.
The Pink Floyd band was formed by four students in 1965: Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Rick Wright. Mason, Waters, and Wright had come together as they studied at the Regent Street Polytechnic. Later, Barrett left after three years after just one album to be replaced by David Gilmour, a guitarist.
Worldwide, the Pink Floyd band has sold over 200 million albums – this includes ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ (1973), which went on to stay on the US album chart for over 10 years.
The Pig! Marks Pink Floyd Exhibition Launch
To mark the occasion, the venerable Victoria and Albert Museum flew an inflatable giant pig over the roof on Wednesday. This is similar to the one that has been pictured on the cover of the Animals 1977 album above Battersea Power Station. However, unlike the infamous 1976 outing above Battersea Power Station, this giant pig didn’t break free or ground planes at London’s Heathrow Airport.
Although it probably caused some slow traffic, it certainly caused many passers-by to awe at “The pig!” This is certainly one of the globally recognisable Pink Floyd emblems, along with marching hammers and prisms. It was a befitting show marking the launch. Mason, the drummer attended the London Museum launch. The launch date marks 50 years from the time Pink Floyd released “Arnold Layne” their first single.
The Pink Floyd Exhibition
The V&A Museum hopes to replicate its David Bowie exhibition success with a major Pink Floyd retrospective. Their Mortal Remains, which marks 50 years since the band released their first single, will also include previously unseen concert footage and a laser light show.
The exhibition runs from May 2016 to October 2017.This “immersive” show features 350 artefacts and objects, including new stage designs, original artworks and instruments plus a number of items coming from the Victoria and Albert Museum’s own collection.
The Pink Floyd exhibition will also have items from previous stage performances, psychedelic posters, instruments, architectural drawings and handwritten lyrics. According to the professionals at Spectrum Photographic, these old posters are quite tricky to print out properly. This becomes the third foray by the museum into the world of rock music.
Following its announcement in 2012, the David Bowie exhibition by V&A became the museum’s fastest-selling exhibition in history. The V&A Mortal Remains exhibition will be running from 13th May to 1st October next year and the tickets are currently on sale.
The V&A exhibition has been designed to celebrate the achievements of Pink Floyd in design, graphics, architecture, lighting, film, staging, and photography. All the three shows dwell on a period that experienced unprecedented musical creativity, which according to some people is not likely to ever be matched.