Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains

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Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains
Pink Floyd Their Mortal Remains - 2017-10-13 - Andy Mabbett - 11.jpg
Pink Floyd's 1975-1977 "Rotating flower-petal mirror ball" at the V&A
Date13 May 2017 (2017-05-13) - present
TypeMuseum exhibition
ThemePink Floyd
Websitevam.ac.uk/exhibitions/pink-floyd

Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains is an exhibition on the history of the British rock band Pink Floyd, opening on 13 May 2017 (with a museum members' preview on 12 May) at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England, and originally scheduled to run until 1 October.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] After high visitor numbers, the exhibition's run was extended by two weeks, to 15 October 2017.[8] It followed the V&As successful David Bowie Is exhibition.[5]

Head of the 'wife' puppet from the original The Wall concerts

The exhibition's title reflects the lyric "I've got a grand piano to prop up my mortal remains", from the song "Nobody Home", on The Wall. It was promoted with media appearances by all three surviving band members (David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters), and designer Aubrey Powell;[6] as well as the flying of an inflatable pig over the V&A,[5] and at the BBC's Broadcasting House.[9]

Treating the band's history in chronological order, the exhibition ends with their 2005 reunion at Live 8,[3] with footage of the band performing "Comfortably Numb", using specially-remixed audio, delivered via AMBEO, a Sennheiser 3D audio technology, over 17 channels and 25 speakers, seven of which are subwoofers.[6][4]

Mask cast from Richard Wright's face and worn by a member of the "surrogate band" during 'In the Flesh?', the opening number of The Wall concerts, in order to fool audiences into thinking they were Wright.

Objects shown include documents such as a page from Nick Mason’s diary for 1968 and a 1975 tour rider, a "flower petal" shaped mirrorball used from 1973 to 1975, instruments, plus equipment including the Azimuth Co-ordinator and the band's Binson Echorec Baby effects unit.[2][5] There are several props from the 1980 and 1981 The Wall concerts, including the face masks worn by members of the 'surrogate band', to make them look like Pink Floyd.[5][2][10] Also on show are a hand-written letter from Syd Barrett to Jenny Spires, his then girlfriend; and his bicycle.[5]

The organisers plan to tour the exhibition internationally, for up to ten years.[4] In November 2017, it was announced that the second venue would be Rome, Italy, opening on 19 January 2018.[11]

Venues[edit]

Opening Date Closing Date Duration (days) City Country Venue
13 May 2017 15 October 2017 155 London England Victoria and Albert Museum
19 January 2018 27 May 2018 127 Rome Italy Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome
15 September 2018 10 February 2019 148 Dortmund Germany Dortmunder U

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sneak peak inside new Pink Floyd exhibition". BBC Online. 10 May 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Petridis, Alexis (9 May 2017). "The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains review – look, a flying pig!". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b Aspden, Peter (8 May 2017). "Pink Floyd at the V&A: the lovely sound of anomie in the UK". Financial Times. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Zemler, Emily (11 May 2017). "Inside Pink Floyd's Immersive New Museum Exhibit". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Bonner, Michael (9 May 2017). "Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains reviewed". Uncut. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Dunton, Wesley (11 May 2017). "Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains Exhibition Review". Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Review: Pink Floyd, V&A ★★★★★". Culture Whisper. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  8. ^ Dex, Robert (30 August 2017). "V&A's smash hit Pink Floyd exhibition to run for extra two weeks". Evening Standard. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  9. ^ "The Pink Floyd inflatable pig floats next to Broadcasting House to promote their new exhibition at the V&A museum - Pictures of the Day". The Daily Telegraph. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  10. ^ Mabbett, Andy (2010). Pink Floyd - The Music and the Mystery. Omnibus press. ISBN 978-1-84938-370-7.
  11. ^ "Sennheiser - Headphones & Headsets - Microphones - Integrated Systems". Sennheiser. Retrieved 30 November 2017.

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