The visual creativity of one of the world’s most influential bands is to be celebrated at the V&A Museum in London this spring to mark the 50th anniversary of a landmark London gig.
Fans of prog rockers Pink Floyd look set to flock to the show, which opens on 13 May. It will include a laser light show and previously unseen footage of the 1967 concert, which featured weird and wonderful entertainment.
The museum says the concert changed rock performance for ever, featuring band members throwing potatoes at a gong, a bubble machine, and a crew member throwing daffodils into the audience.
This exhibition comes in the wake of the museum’s hugely successful David Bowie Is exhibition and offers what it calls a ‘spectacular and unparalleled audio-visual journey’ through Pink Floyd’s world.
Band members Roger Waters and Nick Mason have reunited with the designers who helped to define the band with visually stunning stage sets, including a collapsible wall.
Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell, the show’s creative director, has worked with the Pink Floyd event collaborator Paula Web Stainton, while a V&A team has led the exhibition design. Powell created the art for The Dark Side of the Moon and other Pink Floyd records.
A variety of materials will feature in recreating objects such as the giant head sculptures that featured on The Division Bell album cover. These are likely to include metal, plastic, glass and fabric tensile structures, which are easy for artists and designers to work with as they are so malleable. Lightweight and versatile in shape, they are normally used in architecture and can be installed by companies such as http://fabricarchitecture.com/.
There will be around 350 objects on show at the exhibition, which brings together music, art and design with material from band members themselves and the V&A’s collections of design, art, architecture and performance. There will be recorded and live performances as visitors are taken from the underground psychedelic clubs of the 1960s to the present day. Visitors will enter the exhibition through a replica of a Bedford van used by the band as their touring bus in the mid-1960s.
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains will open on 13 May and run for 20 weeks.