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Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones

In 2016 Wallace & Hodgson wrote:

A rip-roaring ride with the Rolling Stones – This show is the most magnificent, multi-sensory barrage of the Stones you are ever likely to encounter – Mark Hudson, Daily Telegraph

“We are delighted to have been involved in the first ever exhibition devoted to The Rolling Stones 54-year career which opened on 5th April, 2016 at the prestigious Saachi Gallery on London’s Kings Road.

This, the largest exhibition of Stones Memorabilia ever mounted has been  described as the most comprehensive and immersive insight into the world’s Greatest Rock n’ Roll Band. Comprisiing over 500 artefacts, many from the Stones’ archive, it provides a unique insight into the career of the world’s most successful rock group.  We have been fortunate enough to assist with the exhibition behind the scenes. Ensconced for periods in the Stones’ marvellous archive and valuing most of the exhibits in this breath-taking Exhibition has proved to be one of the most fascinating experiences of our careers to date.

Three years in the planning, the exhibition has been designed as an interactive tour and includes an audio-visual record of this legendary bands career using film footage, iconic stage costume, instruments, photographs, artwork, concert posters and even personal diaries set against a marvellous soundtrack. There are a number of intensely atmospheric re-creations of milestones in the Stones’ long career including: a highly detailed and interactive reconstruction of Olympic Studios, also a scene back-stage at a big Stones’ concert complete with make-up area, flight cases and racks of guitars: and perhaps most memorably the unflinching reproduction of the place where it all began their far from salubrious accommodation in Edith Grove, Chelsea, the bands home for a year from August,1962;  Described by Keith Richards’ himself as a ‘filthy..pigsty’, it’s re-construction is complete with cigarette butts, dirty plates stacked in an insanitary sink, unmade grubby beds, mould and all manner of detritus.

The Stones themselves were actively involved from the outset and are credited as producers of the Show. It was Jagger himself who coined the clever title ‘Exhibitionism’. The band members, via video and audio sound-track are themselves the guides. One critic wrote that this show “…feels more like an immersive autobiography than an exhibition…”

For Sarah and I the fabulous stage costumes and the marvellous stage-used instruments were particular highlights of this show. Having had the good fortune to handle these ‘iconic’ artefacts we were thrilled to see them in situ in their highly visual displays. The roomful of mannequins wearing the exquisite costumes were transformed by the fantastic video footage of Jagger, Keith, Watts and Woods wearing them on stage.

Mick Jagger has 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.”; and Keith Richards noted that “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 us, as well as the instruments that have passed through our hands over the years that will make the exhibition really interesting.

At the end of this show you are handed 3-D specs and invited into a room where a 3-D open-air performance of ‘Satisfaction’ is performed at intense volume. It is so life-like you feel that you are there in person and can almost touch the band. You also don’t want it to end.  Everyone leaves this exhibition beaming from ear to ear.

‘Exhibitionism’ has now embarked on a four-year global tour.

For further information on exhibition dates, opening times and tickets, see the following websites:”

www.saatchigallery.com/current/rolling_stones.php

www.stonesexhibitionism.com/

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Entrance to Exhibitionism

Entrance to Exhibitionism

Rolling Stones Equipment Back Stage

Rolling Stones Equipment Back Stage

Exhibitionism’s recreation of the Stones’ shared flat in Edith Grove, Chelsea the bands’ home  for a year from 1962

Exhibitionism’s recreation of the Stones’ shared flat in Edith Grove, Chelsea the bands’ home for a year from 1962

A selection of the Rolling Stones’ fabulous stage costumes

A selection of the Rolling Stones’ fabulous stage costumes

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