Major Rolling Stones touring exhibition to open in 2016



2015-07-06 09:24:38

A major retrospective exhibition celebrating The Rolling Stones will open in London next year.

EXHIBITIONISM will trace the group's remarkable fifty-year history, from their roots as struggling London blues musicians to becoming the world's biggest rock and roll band and cultural icons.  

Created with assistance from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood, the exhibition will be the largest touring experience of its kind ever staged by any musical artist.

“We’ve been thinking about it for quite a long time but wanted it to be just right and on a large scale just like planning our touring concert productions," said Mick Jagger. "I think right now it’s an interesting time to do it.”

The exhibition will include more than five hundred important and unseen artefacts from the band’s personal archives, shown in nine thematic galleries across two floors.

Amongst these will be original stage designs, rare guitars and instruments and stage-worn costumes, along with dressing room and backstage paraphernalia, personal diaries and correspondence. Vistors will also be able to experience rare audio tracks and unseen video clips, see original poster and album cover artwork, and watch unique films and animations illustrating the band's cultural impact and evolution across seven decades.

“While this is about the Rolling Stones, it’s not necessarily just about the members of the band," said Keith Richards. "It’s also about all the paraphernalia and technology associated with a band, like as well as the instruments that have passed through our hands over the years, that will make the exhibition really interesting.”

The exhibition will also feature work created in collaboration with countless artists, designers, film-makers and fellow musicians over the years, such as Andy Warhol, Martin Scorsese, Alexander McQueen, Ossie Clark and Shepard Fairey.

EXHIBITIONISM opens at the Saatchi Gallery on April 6, 2016, with tickets on sale from Friday July 10, 2015.

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