Exhibitionism is the first international exhibition on The Rolling Stones.
It’s little known that the Rolling Stones was formed in Chelsea. On the Kings Road, in fact, where they lived together in an apartment and immortalised The Chelsea Drugstore in the lyrics of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”.
It is fitting then that the band’s first ever major exhibition will debut at the Saatchi Gallery at Duke of York Square on April 6. “Exhibitionism” will be the most comprehensive and immersive insight into the greatest rock band of all time, with over five hundred important and unseen Rolling Stones artefacts from the band’s personal archives on show across nine themed galleries spread and two entire floors at the gallery.
“The first time I played with the Rolling Stones with Bill Wyman, I think this is right, it was on the Kings Road”, said Charlie Watts in a statement. Ronnie Wood remembers a kind of sartorial competition between the band members at the time, saying, “I used to bump into Mick quite often in, um, Granny Takes A Trip, and there was another shop in Cale Street called Hung On You which was very, a little secret place that had some really great little items. Because there was a little secret, er, one-upmanship with the clothes”.
The show has taken three years of planning to create, and will take visitors through an interactive journey of over five decades of the Stones’ style and influence. Expect 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.
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.
Tickets for Exhibitionism are on sale now at www.stonesexhibitionism.com and from Saatchi Gallery.