Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the British rock band’s debut single, the V&A’s multi-sensory exhibition tells its boundary-breaking story.
Since the release of Arnold Layne in 1967, Pink Floyd has captured the imagination of its fans with its legendary lyrics, next-level staging and iconic album artwork. Following on from the immensely successful David Bowie Is exhibition, the V&A aims to do justice to the group’s scintillating success by drawing on a wealth of audio-visual material.
The ambitious display charts the band’s development from its psychedelic roots to becoming one of the top-selling artists of all time with more than 200 million record sales. Of around 350 artefacts on show, many have been donated personally by remaining band members, including an array of Nick Mason’s beloved drum kits.
Those interested in the band’s technical experiments are catered for with the Azimuth Co-ordinator – a quadrophonic speaker system with joysticks operated by keyboardist Rick Wright as an early iteration of today’s surround sound.
With contributions from Hipgnosis – the creative force behind the prism imagery for The Dark Side of the Moon – and Stufish – who worked on the band’s bizarre sets – there’ll also be plenty of mind-bending artwork to digest.