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Rolling Stones “Exhibitionism” at Saatchi Gallery, London “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,” said Mick Jagger about the Rolling Stones’ first ever major exhibition at Saatchi Gallery. On view through September, 2016, EXHIBITIONISM will be the most comprehensive and immersive insight into the group, taking over nine themed galleries spread across two entire floors at the prestigious gallery in London. According to Stones drummer Charlie Watts, “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 of our careers and bring everything up to date at this exhibition.’’ In addition to over 500 Rolling Stones important and unseen artefacts from the band’s personal archives, the exhibition will take the public through the band’s fascinating half century of history, embracing all aspects of art and design, film, video, fashion, performance, and rare sound archives. At the heart of the exhibition is the Stones musical heritage that took the group from being a hard-working London blues band in the early 1960s to becoming inspirational cultural icons adored by millions. O ver five decades the Stones have shaped popular culture, often in their own image, and this exhibition looks 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 band’s tradition of groundbreaking innovation, that combined with “appropriation” of blues and rock riffs from Chuck Berry to Muddy Waters created the Stones signature sound. The exhibition starts with an introductory ‘Experience’,

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“It’s hard to believe that it’s more than fifty years since we began…” — Charlie Watts giving visitors a look back at the high points of the band’s career through a new film, with a highoctane soundtrack. It will then be all the way back to the band’s beginnings and take you on a remarkable journey that made them the “Greatest Rock n Roll Band in the World.” EXHIBITIONISM has taken three years of meticulous planning and will offer a comprehensive insight into the band in a way that has never before been attempted. The exhibition is an interactive tour through the band’s vast artistic oeuvre, and includes original stage designs, dressing room and backstage tidbits; 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. “ W hile this is about The Rolling Stones, it’s not necessarily only just about the members of the band,” said Keith Richards. “It’s also about all the paraphernalia and technology associated with a group like us, and it’s this, as well as the instruments that have passed through our hands over the years, that should make the exhibition really interesting.”

Adds Ronnie Wood, “The scene was great down the King’s Road in the 1960’s. That was where you went to hang out to watch the fashions go by. So it is appropriate that our show will be housed at the wonderful Saatchi Gallery.”

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