The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains –the critically-acclaimed retrospective of the legendary British rock band Pink Floyd, its music and impact on art and culture– opens November 4, 2022, in Montreal at Arsenal Contemporary Art until April 2, 2023.
After its hugely successful debut at the London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in 2017, the exhibition has subsequently travelled to Italy, Germany, Spain and the United States attracting over 500,000 people and will now take place for the first time in Canada. As the first location outside of Europe and the U.S., Montreal was selected as the ideal city to host the exhibition considering the band’s rich history with the city.
A section of the exhibition is exceptionally dedicated to Montreal as Pink Floyd performed several legendary shows between 1971 and 1994. The July 6, 1977 show was both the first and highest attended concert ever at the Olympic stadium with 78,322 spectators.
It’s also steeped in lore having directly influenced their legendary double album, The Wall.
The Pink Floyd Exhibition is curated by Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell, who worked with the band across many of their most famous album covers and works of art. He also collaborated closely with Nick Mason from the band to put together this exhibition that features over 350 artefacts collected over the band’s extraordinary career.
It’s an audio-visual, sensorial journey through more than five decades of one of the most iconic groups, and rare glimpse into the world of Pink Floyd. The exhibition is a collaboration with designers Stufish, entertainment architects and the band’s long-standing stage designers.
Each chapter of the Pink Floyd story is represented, with objects and artefacts displayed, many unseen before the exhibition and all which have played a part in creating the sound and experience that became Pink Floyd. There are hand-written lyrics, legendary musical instruments that true fans have heard whispered about, letters, original artworks and many of the stage props from the various albums and tours from a band that made musical history.
From the entry point into The Pink Floyd Exhibition, the visitor is immersed in Pink Floyd’s world. They will find themselves transported to the band’s beginnings in 1967 on the underground scene and then take a chronological trip through Pink Floyd’s history, connecting with music, art and design, sound technology and live performance via landmark albums such as The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and The Division Bell.
These artefacts plot both Pink Floyd’s development as a spectacular live band and the broader social, cultural and political threads which ran parallel to their music.
Who better to lead us through the creative history of one of the most groundbreaking musical groups of the era than the music and the voices of past and present members of Pink Floyd?
Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason and David Gilmour talk about their experiences and musical experimentations via an intuitive audio guide system and culminating in a re-creation of the very last performance of David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason.
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