Following the success of its David Bowie retrospective in 2016, the V&A is now giving Pink Floyd the blockbuster treatment. Opening on Saturday (May 13), Their Mortal Remains marks the 50th anniversary of the band’s first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and debut single, Arnold Layne.
This audio-visual show features photographs, artefacts, live footage and specially created interactive installations, including a recreation of the stage set used during the 1980-1 tour for The Wall. Other exhibits include a holographic image bringing to life The Dark Side Of The Moon’s famous prism and the punishment book and cane from the Cambridge and County High School for Boys, where the band’s original guitarist and vocalist Syd Barrett and bass guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Roger Waters were pupils in the late 1950s.
Several of David Gilmour’s guitars, including his renowned ‘black Strat’, feature in the exhibition and Gilmour, along with Waters and other Pink Floyd members, Nick Mason and the late Richard Wright, can be heard as visitors pass through the gallery discussing the band’s experiences and artistic experiments. Their Mortal Remains runs until October 1. To find out more information and to book tickets, go here.