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Music meets visual art

October 10, 2017

Memorabilia, cover art and portraits of legendary musicians go on show 

Music meets visual art
Syd Barrett Art, Artist: Syd (Roger) Barrett, © Syd Barrett Family Ltd

So many of the 20th century’s great musicians were also visual artists and many of our most loved records are as famous for their cover art as their melodies. Now, four of the last century’s best-loved recording artists are being celebrated in gallery spaces from London to New York. 

Few musical names have embraced artistic expression in their music as successfully and memorably as Pink Floyd, and until  October 15, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum is the place to be for fans intent on becoming better acquainted with one of Britain’s most successful musical exports.

Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains chronicles the band’s history from their formation in 1965 in London to their landmark appearance at Live 8 in 2005. Photographs and personal effects of the band members are on display, but you can also hear the stories behind the famously iconic artwork on albums such as The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Wish You Were Here and others.

The exhibition follows on from the equally well-received expos on The Rolling Stones: Exhibition and David Bowie is, which were also organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum. David Bowie Is, which launched in 2013, can currently be enjoyed in Barcelona and it’s heading to New York City in 2018. The exhibition has drawn approximately 1.8 million visitors to date.

In summer 2018, London’s National Portrait Gallery will host an exhibition dedicated to Michael Jackson. The opening of the show is timed to coincide with what would have been the iconic singer’s 60th birthday. On the Wall will be a collection of depictions of Jackson, drawn by some of the most prominent artists around the world, including Andy Warhol, Grayson Perry and David Hume.

“Michael Jackson: On the Wall takes an entirely new and quite radical approach by exploring the cultural impact of a unique figure through contemporary art,” says the gallery’s director Nicholas Cullinan.

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