The Rolling Stones were on hand Tuesday to open “Exhibitionism”, their first ever major exhibition at London’s prestigious Saatchi Gallery.
The event sees the band display items from their 50-year career and features more than 500 important and unseen artefacts from the group’s personal archives, embracing all aspects of art & design, film, video, fashion, performance, rare sound archives, and the musical heritage that took them from a hard working London blues band in the early 1960s to iconic worldwide status.
“My life flashed before my eyes in seconds,” Mick Jagger tells RT UK. “This is like your life flashing before your eyes in well, half an hour, you could do it if you walked quickly. It looks really good and I’m very pleased with it. I think people will enjoy it.”
“Exhibitionism” presents an interactive tour through the Rolling Stones’ history, 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 a 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.
Following the London residency, "Exhibitionism" will visit 11 other cities around the world over a four-year period.
Guitarist Ronnie Wood revealed this week that the Stones have been working on their first new studio album in a decade and are aiming to release the follow-up to 2005’s “A Bigger Bang” later this year.
The group recently completed a South American tour and on March 25, they performed their first-ever concert in Cuba with a free show before an estimated crowd of 1.3 million fans on the Caribbean island.
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