The Rolling Stones' first major exhibition, EXHIBITIONISM, premiered at London’s Saatchi Gallery on April 6, 2016, and will run until September 2016. The exhibition is one of the most comprehensive insights into ‘The World's Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll Band’ — including nine themed galleries, spread across two entire floors at the prestigious Saatchi Gallery.
There are over 500 Rolling Stones artifacts on display from the band’s personal archives, covering their entire 50-year history. EXHIBITIONISM embraces all aspects of art, design, film, video, fashion, performance and sound archives. At the heart of the exhibit is, of course, the Stones musical heritage, beginning as a hard-working London blues band and becoming cultural icons adored by millions.
EXHIBITIONISM took three years of meticulous planning and offers an interactive tour through the band’s vast artistic oeuvre, including 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.
The exhibition starts with an introductory ‘Experience,’ giving visitors a look at the high points of the band’s career through a new film. There is also a guitar room which recreates an ‘about-to-go-onstage’ experience.
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 ... 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 1960s. That was where you went to hang out to watch the fashions go by. So it is appropriate that our EXHIBITIONISM will be housed at the wonderful Saatchi Gallery.”
Charlie Watts added, ‘’It’s hard to believe that it's more than 50 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.”
EXHIBITIONISM is promoted and presented by the Australian company iEC (International Entertainment Consulting) with the full participation of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood.
Tickets for EXHIBITIONISM are sold via www.stonesexhibitionism.com and Saatchi Gallery. following the London exhibition, EXHIBITIONISM will visit 11 other global Cities around the world over a four year period. The international tour will be proudly presented by DHL.