The Rolling Stones will stage their first ever major exhibition at London’s prestigious Saatchi Gallery from 6th April 2016.
EXHIBITIONISM will be the most comprehensive and immersive insight into a group described by critics as The Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band, taking over nine thematic galleries spread across two floors at the Saatchi Gallery in London. As well as over five hundred Rolling Stones important and unseen artefacts from the band’s personal archives, it will take you through their fascinating fifty year history, embracing all aspects of art & design, film, video, fashion, performance, rare sound archives, and of course, at the heart of it, the Stones’ musical heritage that took them from a hard working London blues band in the early 1960s, to inspirational cultural icons adored by millions.
Over five decades, the Stones have shaped popular culture, often in their own image, and this exhibition will look back through every facet of their career, offering a unique perspective that only the band’s own archive can provide. EXHIBITIONISM will be the largest touring experience of this kind ever to be staged by any artist, continuing a proud tradition by the band of groundbreaking innovation with the highest production values.
The Rolling Stones EXHIBITIONISM has taken three years of meticulous planning, offering a comprehensive insight into the band – in a way that has never before been attempted. The exhibition is an interactive tour through the Rolling Stones’ 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 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.
Mick Jagger commented, “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. I think right now it’s an interesting time to do it.”
Keith Richards commented, “While this is about the Rolling Stones, it’s not necessarily just about the members of the band. 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.”
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 and bring everything up to date at this exhibition.’’
Ronnie Wood said, “The scene was great down the King’s Road in the 1960s. That was where you went to hang out and watch the fashions go by. So it is appropriate that our EXHIBITIONISM will be housed at the wonderful Saatchi Gallery.”
EXHIBITIONISM is promoted and presented by Australian company iEC (International Entertainment Consulting), with the full participation of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood. The immersive exhibition will use nine different rooms spanning over 1,750 square meters, each with its own distinctly designed environment, that will show how the band has changed the way we experience rock and roll.
As well as over five hundred Rolling Stones important and unseen artefacts from the band’s personal archives, the exhibition will take the public through the band’s fascinating fifty year history, embracing all aspects of art & design, film, video, fashion, performance, and rare sound 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 inspirational cultural icons adored by millions.
DHL is proud to be the Presenting Partner of EXHIBITIONISM, the Rolling Stones’ first ever global touring exhibition.
Over five decades the Stones have shaped popular culture, often in their own image, and this exhibition will look back through every facet of the band’s career to offer a unique perspective that only the bands own archive can provide. EXHIBITIONISM will be the largest touring experience of this kind ever to be staged by a band or artist, and continues the proud tradition by the band of groundbreaking innovation combined with the highest production values.
Tickets for the exhibition will go on sale to the general public at 9am on 10th July 2015 and will be availablehere, or in person at the Saatchi Gallery from 10am. It is planned that following the London exhibition EXHIBITIONISM will visit eleven other global Cities around the world over a four year period. The international tour will be proudly presented by DHL.