The Rolling Stones: Exhibitionismat Saatchi Gallery, London

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6 April – September, 2016

The Rolling Stones will stage their first ever major exhibition at London’s prestigious Saatchi Gallery, opening to the public on 6 April 2016 until September 2016. Exhibitionism, which takes over nine themed galleries spread across two entire floors of the gallery, will be the most comprehensive and immersive insight into the group, described by critics as ‘The Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band’. The exhibition will take the audience through the band’s captivating fifty year history, not only involving all aspects of art & design, film, video, fashion, performance, and rare sound archives, but also showcasing over five hundred important and unseen artefacts from their private archives. At the heart of the exhibition is of course the Stones musical heritage, that took the group from being a hard working London

blues band in the early 1960’s to becoming those cultural pioneers adored by millions. DHL is proud to be the presenting partner of Exhibitionism. Over five decades the Stones have shaped popular culture, often in their own image, and this exhibition will look back through every aspect of their career to offer a unique point of view, that only the bands own archive is able to provide. Exhibitionism will be the largest touring experience of this kind ever to be arranged by a group or an artist, and continues the proud tradition by the band of groundbreaking innovation combined with the highest production values. Exhibitionism has taken three years of meticulous planning and will offer a complete insight into the rock band in a way that has never been done before.

 

‘’IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT IT’S MORE THAN FIFTY YEARS SINCE WE BEGAN AND IT IS WONDERFUL TO LOOK BACK TO THE START OF OUR CAREERS
AND BRING EVERYTHING UP TO DATE AT THIS EXHIBITION.’’

 

The exhibition is an interactive tour through the band’s vast artistic masterworks, and includes original stage designs, dressing room and backstage paraphernalia; rare guitars and instruments, iconic costumes, rare audio tracks and unseen video clips; personal diaries and correspondence; original poster and album cover artwork, and unique cinematic presentations.
Collaborations and work by the vast array of artists, designers, musicians and writers will be included in the exhibition, from Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey, Alexander McQueen, and Ossie Clark to Tom Stoppard and Martin Scorsese.
Mick Jagger commented: “We’ve been thinking about this for quite a long time but we wanted it to be just right and on a large scale. The process has been like planning our touring concert productions and I think that right now it’s an interesting time to do it.”
Keith Richards commented: “While this is about the Rolling Stones, it’s not necessarily only just about the members of the band. It’s also about all the paraphernalia and technology associated with a group like us, and it’s this, as well as the instruments that have passed through our hands over the years, that should make the exhibition really interesting.”
Ronnie Wood said: “The scene was great down the King’s Road in the 1960’s. That was where you went to hang out to watch the fashions go by. So it is appropriate that Exhibitionism will be housed at the wonderful Saatchi Gallery.” Charlie Watts added: ‘’It’s hard to believe that it’s more than fifty years since we began and it is wonderful to look back to the start of our careers and bring everything up to date at this exhibition.’’

 

“THE INSTRUMENTS THAT HAVE PASSED THROUGH OUR HANDS OVER THE YEARS, THAT SHOULD MAKE THE EXHIBITION REALLY INTERESTING.”

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Photo Christopher Skyes