Major flashback of Pink Floyd run in Rome
Exhibition, titled 'Their Mortal Remains', opens in MACRO
20 January, 2018
An installation part of the exhibition.
The inflatable puppets of The Wall live tour.
A visitor looks at an installation part of the exhibition.
A Pink Floyd Exhibition, titled “Their Mortal Remains”, opened the doors for visitors on 19 January at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, known as MACRO. The move to the Italian capital is the exhibition's first international event on the global landscape following the earlier highly-successful debut at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. The exhibition continues the first collaboration in decades of Pink Floyd's remaining members and is produced and promoted globally by Concert Productions International B.V. in association with MondoMostre and Live Nation. The Rome exhibit will runs to 1 July.
Originally conceived by Storm Thorgerson and developed by Aubrey 'Po' Powell of Hipgnosis, working closely with Nick Mason (exhibition consultant for Pink Floyd), the Pink Floyd Exhibition features many previously unseen objects collected over the band's eclectic history. It is an audio-visual journey through 50 years of one of the world's most iconic rock groups, and a rare and exclusive glimpse into the world of Pink Floyd.
The exhibition's phenomenally successful and mammoth run at London's Victoria and Albert Museum, described by British newspapers as “stunning”, “a real feast for the senses” and “almost as good as seeing the band live”, was the most successful exhibition of its kind. The run at Rome's MACRO will be a continuation of this vast success. MACRO is located less than 1km from The Piper Club, which played host to Pink Floyd's first shows in Italy in April 1968. The exhibition celebrates Pink Floyd's place in history as the world's cultural landscape changed from the 1960s. The band occupied a distinctive experimental space and were the foremost exponents of a psychedelic movement that changed the understanding of music forever, becoming one of the most important groups in contemporary music.
Pink Floyd have produced some of the most iconic imagery in popular culture: from cows, The Dark Side of the Moon prism, pigs flying over Battersea Power Station, and Marching Hammers, to giant inflatable teachers; their vision brought to life by creative individuals such as modern surrealist and long-time collaborator Storm Thorgerson, satirical illustrator Gerald Scarfe and psychedelic lighting pioneer Peter Wynne-Wilson.
The flow of the exhibition, in chronological order, is enhanced throughout by music and the voices of past and present members of Pink Floyd, including Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason and David Gilmour, talking about their musical experiences and musical experimentation via sound specialist Sennheiser's intuitive GuidePORT system. This culminates in the Performance Zone, where visitors enter an immersive audio-visual space, which includes the recreation of the very last performance of all four members of the band at Live 8 in 2005 with Comfortably Numb, specially mixed using Sennheiser's ground-breaking AMBEO 3D audio technology, as well as a Rome-exclusive video of One Of These Days, taken from the band's iconic live performance in Pompeii.