The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

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The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

Fifty years since their first single, Arnold Layne, the V&A is hosting a retrospective of those psychedelic pioneers, the Floyd. Set and construction pieces from The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall join instruments, designs, lyrics and prints - and, yes, a laser show. Wish You Were Here?

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I like Pink Floyd. I know a few tunes, I saw Roger Waters once with my dad, and The Wall is one of the best albums of all time. But I'm by no means a super fan - unlike my best friend. He lives for Floyd. So I booked us tickets to check this out a while back and it was really something. I visited the David Bowie Is exhibit at the V & A and I still rave about it to this day, so I knew this exhibition would be worth seeing. And it totally was. I was blown away by the details on show and all of the information about their influences, and how the visuals entwine with the music to such a huge extent. I marvelled at the collection of items collected and curated over time to set up the different rooms; the videos on screens all over the place added to the fascination I felt. I left wanting to become more fully immersed in their music and their history - and since then, I've begun to do just that. I hope it travels and I get to see it again! I could have spent HOURS there - we had a relatively late ticket so only had about an hour and a half-ish and I could have done with more time for sure. If you haven't checked this out, please try to before it closes - or hope, like I do, that it travels and you can catch it then!

tastemaker

A big step into the retrospective world of one of the biggest psychedelic music groups of all time.

The Pink Floyd exhibition is immensely captivating and it's a whole world on its own.

There is so much to see in every room. You think that it's over every time you finish a space, but then your surprised with even more exhibits.

To be honest I wouldn't recommend this exhibition to anyone, just because I'm not a Pink Floyd fan. I don't find it a bit interesting, but as I'm a V&A member I had to grab the chance to see this sell out exhibition.

It's jam-packed with everything you need to know about Pink Floyd, filled with memories and experiences of the their past history and successes.

Your really bombarded with all things Pink Floyd like artwork, prints, discs, music, guitars, technology, fashion.

Give yourself time to see this immersive experience. Fans will absolutely adore and absorb every bit of this exhibition.

I can't deny the work and creativity that has been put to create such an extraordinary collection of exhibits.

It almost felt like I was transported into a time machine and sent to this mad world of Pink Floyd.

The enjoyable part of the exhibition for me were the headphones.

Like the Revolution exhibition last year, The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains was no exception.

We were able to listen to their music and interesting stories about them and how they made a huge impact in history.

With every exhibit you will have a different story or a different piece of music to listen to.

It's mind-boggling and just plain bonkers.

At times I felt lost and didn't know where to look. Tremendous amount of work to take in.

The ending of the exhibition was a brilliant show with laser beams being the main focus.

It gave a great ambience to finish off such a long journey of what Pink Floyd is about.

Everyone used this space to relax and just soak up all the memories of this psychedelia.

It's been extended till the 15th of October, so if you really want to go, then go.

I'm sure you'll enjoy it. It's a huge treat for all fans and lovers of Pink Floyd.

#TOTastemaker

Love MD.


A unexpected surprise.

The exhibition was a lot more inspiring than I expected.

Not just objects behind glass, but an interactive experience. I got to remix Money and could of spent hours doing it. The artwork was beautiful.

I don't want to ruin the surprise but the headphones were truly magical.

Tastemaker

Every so often something really surprises you. I am a V&A member and when I got the mailings for this exhibition I had zero interest. I vaguely remembered Pink Floyd from my teens - 'we don't need no education' but that was it. Even when I heard it was the fastest selling exhibition ever or some such.


But given I am a member and I had friends who wanted to go, I took a look.


 So Pink Floyd are musical scientist geniuses and were a global phenomenon! 


That insight will obviously cause some eye rolling amongst their substantial fans but this opening of eyes is presumably the point of staging such an exhibition. 


I'm no muso so I can't say I am more likely to listen to any Pink Floyd but it will make me more open to hearing it or learning about them. It will also make me more open in the future to other exhibitions and overcoming my own preconceptions.


So if you are Pink Floyd fan this exhibition is a no brainer - but if you are not I'd urge you to give yourself a little mind and knowledge expanding treat.

tastemaker

Fantastic exhibition! Really well pulled together and showcased a great range of their music and art! Took my folks and it was a great hit!

tastemaker

Great exhibition in the same vein as the David Bowie's one. You don't need to be a big fan to enjoy it. It's really cleverly thought as it's focus on Pink Floyd's success story as well as their creation process using the latest technologies to create music.

The exhibition is in their own image and set as an innovative sensory experience. So before entering, you're given an headset which switches audio contents as you move rooms and stop in front items and screens . It could be songs, interviews, etc. 

It's also showcasing amazing props from their various albums, notes, instruments, and amazing pictures. My favourite rooms was the one dedicated to The Wall album with the giants puppets - and the Division Bell one. 

A bit pricey but definitely worth the visit as you'll learn more about Pink Floyd, music and 60/70's Britain. Didn't stop listening Pink Floyd's music for weeks after visiting the exhibition.  

tastemaker

The mark of a truly great exhibition is when it can present an unfamiliar subject to a visitor, leaving them engaged and wanting to know more. Concerned that I'd be surrounded by diehard fans, revelling in references that I found alien, I was so pleased that I left this show enthralled and utterly convinced by Pink Floyd. 


Following the band's chronology through their albums, the exhibition highlights the key events in their development through a treasure trove of displays, ranging from posters, to original guitars, mixers, plans, sketches and scribblings. Much like the fabulous Alexander McQueen exhibition, "Their Mortal Remains" has been laid out in an incredibly exciting and dramatic fashion, with huge installations, light shows and your own personal soundtrack. As you move through the rooms, the audio on your headphones changes to reflect the material you're looking at, and it's brilliantly done. 


And for those less familiar with the period, red telephone boxes have been placed in every room, each containing contemporary artefacts that reflect the specific time period being discussed, helping to guide you through the band's long history.


I gasped frequently and wanted to stay in the final room for hours, so really I can't recommend this exhibition enough – to fans and novices alike.

tastemaker

For any fans of Pink Floyd, this exhibition is a must as it beautifully showcases this band.  However, if like me, you know just a little about the band, it's still worth a visit.  It's a huge exhibition with some amazing pieces on display.  The use of technology is astounding - you wear headsets which switch between tracks/other audio by tracking your GPS.  In addition, the last room is set out in such a way that you almost feel like you're actually at a Pink Floyd gig.  There is perhaps too much in the exhibition for people like me, but real hardcore fans would disagree I'm sure.


An impressive collection of various prompts, video and audio documents, organized around the albums of Pink Floyd. The indispensable audio guide contributes to be immersed into the story of the band. 


The exhibition emphasizes on the importance of the art work that came alongside the band's music and how the different albums fit in the context of its time. Pink Floyd is truly an amazing band that went a lot further than any other in terms of musical and visual creation.


I overheard a woman saying in an amused but affectionate way: "...and now they appear like wise old men!". And I thought that summed up very well who Pink Floyd was, from the craziness of their youth to the mastery they reached over the years, setting an indisputable artistic reference for many, and not just in the music area.


By showing these various aspects of the complex story of the band, the V&A did an outstanding job and delivers a magnificent tribute to the Pink Floyd's immense creative talent, theirs and the ones who worked with them.

tastemaker

I'm not a huge Pink Floyd fan but the other half was keen to check out this exhibition so we booked ahead.

I have to say that the V&A has put on an amazing exhibit. It looks good, it has a lot of content for the fans and it took us 2 hours to see the whole thing so although it's a little pricey it's kinda worth it in my opinion.

It includes a display of instruments, loads of huuuge props from their famed stage shows, the history of the band and various video elements of interviews or footage of the band and the people that know them best. If I was a Floyd fan I'd have given this 5 out of 5.